Disabled Sheffield asylum seeker gets deportation reprieve

Reprieve: Asylum seeker Lemlem Hussen Abdu.
Reprieve: Asylum seeker Lemlem Hussen Abdu.

A DISABLED Sheffield asylum seeker threatened with deportation has been handed an 11th-hour reprieve, after the Government agreed to review her case.

Lemlem Hussein Abdu, aged 62, was due to be deported to Ethiopia tomorrow. But her flight was cancelled after Sheffield Central MP Paul Blomfield persuaded Damian Green, immigration minister, to step in.

Mr Blomfield contacted Mr Green after dozens of supporters staged a protest outside Sheffield Town Hall protest at the Government’s attempts to try to deport her from the UK.

Lemlem, who is currently being detained, fled her home country of Eritrea - then part of Ethiopia - in 1978.

Mr Blomfield said: “The minister has agreed to meet me and the Bishop of Sheffield next week and to halt Lemlem’s deportation until then.

“I told him of the support Lemlem has in this city and that it would shame the UK to deport an elderly, disabled woman to a country where she has no links.”