Saturday, February 04, 2006
There are so many people in trouble in the world, it is simply not possible for one person to help them all. However, it is possible for one person to help one person. Pamela Izevbekhai came to Ireland seeking asylum to save her two little girls from FGM (female genital mutilation). Pamela comes from a part of Nigeria where this practice does not take place, but she has married into a family who insist that her daughters suffer it, even though Pamela and her husband are against it. Attempts have occurred to kidnap the girls in order to force the procedure on them. Pamela's first child, Elizabeth, died as a result of FGM. These facts have been documented and proven, yet the Irish government has rejected Pamela's application for asylum. When Pamela refused to return to Nigeria with her girls, she was arrested and imprisoned in Mountjoy Jail. The Irish government maintains that this is a cultural matter. How can the endangerment and possible death of small children be a cultural matter? On January 23, 2006 Mrs Justice Finlay Geoghan ordered Pamela's release pending a hearing on February 20, though the Irish state argued to keep Pamela imprisoned and separated from her children. If you would like to know more about Pamela's situation log on to www.letthemstay.org. If you would like to contribute to her campaign, an account has been set up: "Let Them Stay," Bank of Ireland, Stephen Street, Sligo, Co. Sligo. Account no. 25245231. Bank Sort Code 905440. It is possible for one person to help one person.