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Refugee Sami Safi threatened with deportation after Goudhurst family took him in as 15-year-old

A refugee taken in by a British family after fleeing war-torn Afghanistan as a 15-year-old will learn today whether or not he faces deportation.

Samulliah Safi came to the UK in 2012 after jumping on board an oil tanker and making the journey up to his waist in oil.

The 22-year-old's father and brother-in-law were both murdered because of their political beliefs but he could soon be made to return to his country of birth.

Samulliah Safi, known as Sami, may be sent back to Afghanistan despite fears for his safety.
Samulliah Safi, known as Sami, may be sent back to Afghanistan despite fears for his safety.

However, Ellie Batten, from Goudhurst, is fighting for him to stay in the UK after she took him in.

A petition has been launched on Change.org and it has amassed more than 1,500 signatures.

The petition states: "Sami is a young man from Afghanistan who had to flee his home, aged 15, and travel unaccompanied to the UK.

"It took him 18 months to get here. His father was murdered because of his political beliefs, as was his brother-in-law.

"As the only male left in the family his mother made the heart-wrenching decision to send him away. He lost contact with his mother and two sisters over three years ago. The Red Cross believe they are in Turkey.

"Sami has been living with my family since we met him hungry and homeless in Tunbridge Wells. He is a gentle, kind soul and puts a smile on the face of all that meet him.

"His determination and resilience is remarkable. He conducts himself with eternal optimism and warmth for those around him. We are now the only family he has."

The petition states that Sami will learn his fate today.

It added: "We strongly believe that his life will be in danger if he returns."

To view and sign the petition click here.

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