Campaigners are calling for officials to reverse the decision to deport a mum, who fears her two children will now be subjected to female genital mutilation in Nigeria.
Afusat Saliu, 31, and her two daughters Bassy, four, and Rashidat, two, were seized by officials from their Leeds home last week and deported to Nigeria on Tuesday evening.
Ms Saliu, who herself is a victim of FGM, fears her daughters will be subjected to the procedure
Campaigners, including West Yorkshire Playhouse and prominent playwrights, are urging the Home Secretary to consider the case.
Close friend Anj Handa spoke to Ms Saliu yesterday and said she could hear the two children crying in the background.
“She is trying to stay strong but they are just shattered,” she said.
“They are being put in a hostel for two days and we trying to find anyone that can help us.
“While she’s there she is in real danger. It is worrying.
“A judicial review is still ongoing and we are hoping to set up a fighting fund to help us with the costs.”
Local MP George Mudie told the Yorkshire Evening Post: “I think it has been handled dreadfully. I feel so sorry for the two young children who are now in a real danger and I think the Border Agency from ministers down has been disgraceful.”
A Home Office spokesperson said: “We consider every claim for asylum on its individual merits and in this case the claimant was not considered to be in need of protection. The case has gone through the proper legal process and our decision has been supported by the UK courts on five separate occasions, while the European Court of Human Rights declined an application to halt the removal.”