02 September, 2007


Asylum shopping

I was listening to an item on the BBC World Service about a young man originally from Rwanda. A bright and educated individual who is currently making a documentary about the Rwandan Genocide. Of mixed Tutsi and Hutu parentage, his position was clearly untenable at the time of the genocide. He managed to escape first to Goma and, having managed to earn some money, onward to Kenya. Now, even someone as jaundiced as I about the asylum game has to agree that this guy deserves sympathy. One wonders how the Interahamwe would have dealt with him: order his Hutu half to butcher his Tutsi half, perhaps.

He would have been safe enough in Kenya, but no, that wasn't good enough. He trotted straight round to the UK High Commission and asked for, and was of course granted, asylum in Britain.

And so the tap drips on.

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