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An Iraqi doctor who settled in Huddersfield after fleeing his homeland claims immigration red tape is putting the lives of his wife and young children at risk.

Dr Naser Ahmed Jarallah, 43, of Dalton, battled for 12 months for his wife and two-year-old twin sons to join him in the UK.

Granted refugee status in 2010, Dr Jarallah fought for permission to bring wife Nidaa, 24, and sons Ibrahim and Ali from Iraq.

But after winning the fight – and hoping to pluck his family to safety from conflict-ravaged Northern Iraq – Dr Jarallah was told he now needed a travel visa – for his new-born daughter Kawthar.

But the deteriorating situation and collapse of officialdom meant the family is trapped in Iraq indefinitely.

Dr Jarallah, who works at hospitals in Wakefield and Bradford, is a member of the Shabak religious sect and fled persecution in his homeland.

His wife has already had to flee her home in the village of Bazwaya when Islamic extremists invaded Mosul.

Two uncles and two cousins have been abducted and Mrs Jarallah is now living in fear in rented accommodation near the city of Erbil.

“Time is ticking and I fear that my wife and children could be abducted or killed,” said Dr Jarallah.

“We have heard of women and children being sold into slavery and people’s homes are being destroyed and their assets are being looted.

“My wife’s relatives have just disappeared and no-one knows where they are or what’s happened to them.

“It is a grave, horrible situation.”

Dr Jarallah, who wants to become a GP, won an immigration tribunal in Bradford in July allowing his wife and sons to come to the UK on “compassionate” grounds.

But, because of the length of the immigration battle, no application had been made for baby Kawthar, born in May.

Dr Naser Ahmed Jarallah's children, twin boys Ibrahim and Ali and baby daughter Kawthar.
 

Dr Jarallah has now started on online application for a visa for Kawthar. However, the documents must be printed out and signed, posted to his wife in Iraq and then she must make an application in person.

When Mrs Jarallah went to the application centre at a hotel in Erbil, officials refused to accept the application because the daughter wasn’t on her mother’s passport.

The family have been told they must apply for an emergency travel document from the British Embassy in Oman, Jordan.

Dr Jarallah has hired a solicitor to help but has no idea how long it will be before his family can be reunited.

“No one can imagine what it is like in Iraq,” he said. “My wife fled with our children in the middle of the night when the invasion happened.

“There was gunfire and she fell and injured her head. There was sheer panic.”

He added: “All the government institutions are shut down. I need to make Huddersfield people aware of what is happening and the plight of minorities.

“The majority of people have lived together peacefully but now groups like the Shabak – whose religious beliefs take aspects from Islam and Christianity – are considered infidels by the insurgents.”

Dr Jarallah is now seeking the support of Huddersfield Labour MP Barry Sheerman.

A Home Office spokesman said: “We have not yet received a visa application for consideration in relation to this case.”