Grieving refugees have appealed to the Prime Minister’s fatherly instincts after their parents were refused visas to attend their daughter’s funeral.
Former Huddersfield couple Wellington and Charity Gada, lost their five-year-old daughter Andrea in a road accident just before Christmas.
The youngster was hit and killed by a car just before Christmas in front of her eight-year-old brother and her father.
The couple, who are from Zimbabwe, lived in Huddersfield in Home Office accommodation for four years before moving to Eastbourne, East Sussex.
Mr Gada was jailed for entering the UK illegally in 2003 but finally got asylum status in 2012 after a long legal fight, which also allowed his wife to stay.
The Home Office has refused permission for the temporary visa because the grandparents were deemed “too poor” and therefore likely to abscond once in the UK.
The couple even said Border Agency officials could tag their relatives and require them to report regularly to a police station during their stay, but to no avail.
Mr and Mrs Gada have now appealed to David Cameron to overturn the Home Office’s decision but he has so far refused to do so.
Mr Gada said: “He is not just a politician. He is also a father, and he is a father who has also lost a child.
“I wonder why he lets this stress pile on us because he knows exactly what we are going through.”
Cameron’s son Ivan, who had cerebral palsy and epilepsy, died in 2009 aged six.
The family’s MP, Liberal Democrat MP Stephen Lloyd, raised the matter during Prime Minister’s Questions on January 14.
David Cameron said he would look at the case and make sure the Home Office investigated what could be done.
The family have already been forced to postpone the funeral once.
Writing on a fundraising page for the funeral costs, they said: “We are really sorry for any inconveniences caused to all who wanted to attend.
“Every aspect of the funeral arrangement has been concluded and now all that’s left is the visa situation wish the Home Office.
“Frantic efforts are being employed to get them here for the funeral.”