‘Justice For Simba’ Campaign Launch 20th November 2019

9 November 2019
Zrinka Bralo

You are invited to the launch of the “Justice for Simba” campaign on 

Wednesday 20th November 2019 at 7pm 

at Victoria Hall, Norfolk Street, Sheffield, S1 2JB

Please join Migrants Organise, Medact, South Yorkshire Migration and Asylum Action Group (SYMAAG)ASSIST Sheffield, Docs Not Cops and other partners at this urgent public meeting. 

Simba is a 30 year old Zimbabwean faced with a £100,000 bill from the NHS following a stroke last summer.  

He came to the UK as a child seeking protection with his father Victor Mujakachi in 2003. They were refused asylum, and although he is a qualified fitness trainer Simba was not allowed to work and so had no income and no recourse to public funds. 

Simba is a warm, outgoing person and he and his family were very active members of their local community.  Everything changed last summer however, when he had a near fatal stroke. 

After being discharged from hospital and moved into residential care, he got a £100,000 bill from the NHS for the care that he had received. Life saving care that the rest of us receive free of charge based on needs and urgency.

He lives with the constant worry that he cannot receive any future medical care without incurring further huge costs — that he will be unable to pay. 

NHS charges for immigrants – including people refused asylum – were introduced two years ago as part of the government’s Hostile Environment Immigration Policy. 

In addition to this danger to his health – data sharing also implemented by the Hostile Environment Policy means that any failure to pay these bills will result in his case being brought to the attention of the Home Office and will negatively impact his chances to stay in the UK.

Simba is now living in his partner’s 2nd floor flat without a lift and with no suitable wheelchair access. The Justice for Simba Campaign event will be an opportunity to hear from Simba himself and to build a solidarity campaign for him and others facing the same ordeal.

We will also hear from: 

Aliya Yule, from Migrants Organise

James Skinner from Medact

Dr Sophie of Docs Not Cops 

Stuart Crosthwaite from SYMAAG 

The speakers will share information about similar  campaigns in other parts of the country and explain how people can work together to tackle these issues more effectively through the Patients Not Passports Campaign

Stuart Crosthwaite from SYMAAG will facilitate a Q&A session with candidates for Parliament who have been invited to say how their parties will address Hostile Environment policies and answer questions from constituents. 

Please join us to show your support for Simba, his family and all the people suffering from the Hostile Environment policies.

Make your voice heard and meet other people working on these issues. 

There is likely to be news coverage of the event. Should you not want to appear on camera please let us know.

If you have any queries about this event contact Sarli Nana on 07834 365 257 or email sarli@migrantsorganise.org  or Stuart Crosthwaite: dignitynotdetention@yahoo.co.uk

We look forward to seeing you – everyone is welcome!

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