Children in hiding as mother deported

In a case thought to be the first of its kind in the UK, three children – one of them three years old – are in hiding in Britain after their mother was seized and deported.

Rose Nammi was detained six weeks ago by immigration officials, despite having temporary leave to remain in the country. She was sent to Yarl’s Wood detention centre on 8 September before being deported to Uganda five days later.

Her children have now been without an adult carer for more than a month, and are in hiding in an attempt to prevent the Home Office from deporting them.

The family’s barrister, Usha Sood, said: “We are putting a case together, but in the meantime, if the children are identified, they will almost certainly be deported.” 

A Home Office spokesperson said in deportation cases every effort was made to pick up all members of a family at the same time.

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