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Shocked but not surprised at tragic outcome of deportation

March 17, 2009

The global economic crisis could be our best chance to save ourselves and the planet from disaster – but so far the evidence suggests that politicians simply want to get back to “business as usual” as fast as possible and the haters in society are using it as an excuse to close ranks against anyone who’s not one of us.

There should be public outrage at the news that the UK sent a 32-year-old man back to Darfur (when his application for asylum was refused) and that within days of his return, he was shot dead in front of his wife and four-year-old son, by Sudanese security officers who had followed home from the airport in Khartoum. But I’m guessing there won’t be.

Adam Osman Mohammed’s story made the front page of the Independent. I haven’t seen it anywhere else – not even in The Guardian. It’s all to easy to brush away the story – he’s not one of us, it’s just bloody Africa, well, he shouldn’t have been here – but actually Mr Mohammed was a fellow man with a wife and child who loved him and we should be up in arms about it.

The tragedy in Darfur hasn’t gone away, but when not even the charismatic George Clooney can keep the story in the public consciousness what’s to be done? Perhaps George should have stolen the master tapes containing his return to ER and held them hostage until someone took responsibility for Darfur.

Spread the word about this tragic story and click over to Amnesty to see what else can be done.

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