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Ama Sumani
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    (November 28, 1968-March 19, 2008)
    Born in Accra, Ghana
    Came to the United Kingdom as a visitor(2003)
    Diagnosed with myeloma (2006) which caused kidney failure
    Deported back to Ghana (January 9, 2008)
    She changed her visa status to 'student,' but was unable to continue her studies because of her poor command of English.
    She then went to work in violation of her student visa.
    After her student visa was revoked and she was put on temporary status, she failed to keep in touch with immigration officials.
    She died the day after her supporters had found doctors in South Africa willing to treat her.
    A spokesman for the Border and Immigration Agency claimed, 'Part of our consideration when a person is removed is... whether the necessary medical treatment is available in the country to which we are returning them.'
    However, in Ghana dialysis would cost 800 pounds per month, which she could not afford.
    In addition, thalidomide, which could prolong her life by putting her myeloma in remission, was not available in Ghana.
    The medical journal 'The Lancet,' wrote 'The UK has committed an atrocious barbarism.'
    The Archbishop of Wales said, 'I believe her death is on the conscience of the nation because we deported her when it was against every humanitarian instinct to do so.'
    Supporters raised 70,000 pounds to pay for her treatment.

Credit: C. Fishel


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