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7th July 2020, 10:30:19 UTC

“They would eat me like hot cake. They would even kill me if they got to know that I am on the way going back…” — Pastor Steven

Steven Tendo, or Pastor Steven, is an ordained minister, human rights activist, and detained asylum‐seeker facing imminent deportation to Uganda, where he will likely be killed by security agencies if returned. He fled to the USA seeking asylum after he was brutally tortured by government forces who amputated two of his fingers, and killed several of his family members.

Detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for over 18 months, his health has rapidly deteriorated from inadequate care in detention for his diabetes: he is now blind in one eye and losing vision in the other. He was hospitalised in July, and despite his destroyed immune system, ICE sent him back to a detention facility where over a hundred people have tested positive for COVID‐19.

Pastor Steven must be allowed to remain in the USA while he pursues the right to seek asylum and freed from detention for his health and safety. The USA must act quickly to save Pastor Steven’s life. Demand ICE stop his deportation and release him now.

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