A Request for Partners at Micah House

A past guest at Micah House, a transitional home for refugees, is being sent back to the Central African Republic--where all sources say that the average person is extremely vulnerable and at great risk--by the Canadian government on March 13.

We believe it is wrong to send Ben (actually not his real name as we are trying to protect his identity) to CAR given all that is going on there right now. It is too dangerous. We are working hard to stop this from happening. Ben has a good lawyer who is pursuing legal channels to defer his removal. We believe it would also be helpful for the government to know that Ben has lots of support and that many Canadians believe it is wrong to send him to CAR.

Would you please email (and call if you want) David Sweet, MP, and also your own MP if it is someone else. (email:david.sweet@parl.gc.ca; phone:905-627-9169905-627-9169).

Here is a link to the contact information for all the MP's.

When emailing please use the subject title: "Please stop the removal of 'Ben' to Central African Republic". Include at the end of your message your full name, address and phone number. If you are a constituent of that riding please mention that.

If you are contacting an MP other than David Christopherson it will be important to tell them that Ben is not the person's real name but is a pseudonym we are using to protect him given the circumstances he is facing. You can tell the MP that they can contact Alison Witt , Program Director at Micah House for his full name and other details about his case alison@micahhouse.ca

Feel free to use your own words to express your concerns but if you are looking for some suggestions here are some ideas of things you might want to include in your message:

  • I believe that that the current conditions in Central African Republic (CAR) are extremely dangerous and it is unreasonable and unacceptable for the government of Canada to send someone into this crisis situation. We are asking that Ben's return date be postponed until there is a level of safety established that allows people to move freely and without fear for their lives. Please do not allow the CBSA to remove Ben while the country conditions in CAR are so unstable and every person is at high risk. This is inhumane and unjust.
  • The news reports about what is happening in Central African Republic (CAR) might not be making the front pages of our newspapers but they are real and they are horrendous. I urge you to look and see for yourself.
    • http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/centralafricanrepublic/10638550/The-hellish-descent-of-the-Central-African Republic.
    • http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=47218&Cr=Central+African+Republic&Cr1=#.Uw9V9UI3IVk
  • The violence in CAR is out of control and continues to escalate. No one is safe. Peacekeeping forces have not been able to stop the bloodshed or to protect civilians.Canada should not be returning anyone into these conditions. We urge you to do whatever is possible to stop the removal of Ben to CAR.

Thanks for helping to make a difference.



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