ASYLUM seekers in Huddersfield fear being sent back to a life of danger in Zimbabwe.
Now they hope that the British Government’s increasing annoyance at Robert Mugabe’s regime could help their case.
Zimbabwe has been discussed by UK and US politicians this week and the United Nations wants sanctions.
But the asylum seekers in the Huddersfield area are still uncertain of their fate.
Officials of the Human Rights Centre and Kraft, a support group, are fighting to get sanctuary for people who face deportation.
Human Rights Centre coordinator Alan Brooke said: “The UK Government claims to sympathise with the sufferings of the people of Zimbabwe.
“If so, they should help those suffering on their own doorstep. They should declare an amnesty for failed Zimbabwean asylum seekers.”
One of those asylum seekers is 22-year-old Noel, who lives in Birkby.
He fled from scenes of terror in the Zimbabwean capital, Harare, but lost a bid to stay in Britain.
He said: “The poor are already suffering and sanctions cannot make their situation any worse.
“There are ways of hitting those in power, such as seizing the money they hold abroad.
“We are pleased Gordon Brown refuses to attend the EU conference if Mugabe is present.
“But we need the UK and the EU to take real action.”
Charity, 35, who fled from Zimbabwe and now lives in Dalton, said she was in fear she would be sent back.
“It is hard to prove you are in danger due to your political activity back home. Even selling opposition T-shirts can get you beaten up.”
Patrice chairs the Kirklees group of MDC, the Zimbabwe opposition group.
He said: “I work with about 30 people in fear of being sent back. They need the Government here to help them.”