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Javad learning to play the guitar given to him by friends.

Javad learning to play the guitar given to him by friends.

Save Javad from deportation

The local people who have created this petition for the Home Office are totally genuine and trustworthy. Sonia Plato, a recently retired CEO, Sousan Lari, a tutor, and Terry Alexander, also a tutor and one half of the couple who have offered Javad a safe space to be, have sent out the petition in the hope of preventing this young man from being deported to Iran. They are honest and caring people – and I know 100% that this petition can be trusted as real and sincere, writes Zelly Restorick. Their concern for Javad’s safety is genuine. Please read on and sign the petition – and make a difference to the life of this young man and those who care for him and wish for him to stay within the safety of his new family.

Javad has a surrogate family who are offering him a home, he is learning the ways of this country, he wants to work and he is not receiving any financial support from any UK sources, other than from people in the local community and his surrogate family, who cover all of his living expenses.

Terry and Javad

Terry and Javad

And if Javad is deported, it will not only affect him, it will break the heart of Terry Alexander; the person who has, slowly and gently, step by step, gained this young man’s trust after years of having no-one in his life. The person who loves and cares for him; is offering him a safe haven and stable home; is teaching him English, maths and science; accompanies him to meetings; is doing all she can to assimilate him into English culture – and is offering him all the support she would offer a child of her own.

Please find out more and sign the petition here. The target to reach is 10,000 signatures. Please help.

Sousan Lari, one of the people involved in this campaign, writes about Javad’s experiences:

“On 26 December 2003, an earthquake hit the town of Bam in south east Iran with a magnitude of 6.6; killing over 26,000 people and injuring a further 30,000.

“Javad, a young boy of around 12, was left orphaned and sent 600 miles north to Tehran to live in a state orphanage. Here, he was alone and scared… scared of being in a new place with no friends or family and even more scared of the Islamic regime he experienced, trying to convert young men to their radical way of thinking.

“Javad ran away, leaving Iran. After many months, he was found in Reading by the police, tied to the underside of a lorry. He was a young boy who spoke no English, having just recently lost his parents; he was taken in by Reading Social Services, who placed him in foster care. He finally had a chance to a life.


Javad with Keinen, a neighbour’s son

“As a child, Javad had gone through more than most people go through in a lifetime. He was so traumatised by what had happened. His foster parents and Social Services could see this, but it seems, did little to help him through.

“Javad has been moved from pillar to post and at the age of 21, the people who had taken him in and looked after him, sent him to Hastings, while the powers that be decided on his fate. It was decided that after all he has been through, he should be returned to Iran. That this country’s duty to him was at an end and that now he was a grown ‘man’, he could go back to a country he ran away from, to a home that is no longer there and sadly to no family or friends. All help was stopped. He had nowhere to live, no money to live off and was not allowed to work. Since this time, he has lived from the kindness and generosity of the people around him here in Hastings and St Leonards-on-Sea, for which he is deeply grateful.”

Sign the petition here.

“Although considered an adult in terms of his age, Javad is still a child. He has mental trauma over the things that have happened. All he wants to do is get GCSEs, so he can work and learn to drive.

“Javad has never been counselled over the grief of losing his home and parents. His education in Iran was poor and since arriving in Hastings, he has taken it on himself to learn. He is trying hard to get qualifications in English and maths, in the hope of being allowed to stay in the country he grew up in and be allowed to work.

“I would like to think that if a child of mine was found orphaned in a foreign country, that they would be taken in as we took Javad in, but I would like to think that the care they would receive would be better than the care we have given this young man.

“However, Javad now has a home here in Hastings with Terry and Stuart, he has friends and he has finally got a family who care for him. Please help him to stay here.”

Please sign the petition before it is too late!

Deporting Javad would not only deeply affect a young man who has no known family, has been severely traumatised by his life experiences to date, has learning difficulties and mental health issues, but also all those who are involved in supporting him.

This campaign to stop Javad’s deportation means a lot to all those who know Javad – and the more support behind it, the better chance there is of succeeding. Please share this link by email and social media sites with friends, families and contacts – and encourage them to sign the petition now.

If you would like to contact Sonia, Sousan and Terry, you can do so via the link at the bottom of the petition page.

Thank you from all of Javad’s friends and supporters, but especially Terry, Stuart and Javad himself (pictured below).

Javad with his surrogate family

Javad with his surrogate family


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Posted 09:17 Friday, Apr 29, 2016 In: Campaigns


  1. Priya

    Hope it all works out for Javad.
    Wish him all the best.

    Comment by Priya — Friday, May 20, 2016 @ 17:00

  2. Farz Zand

    All the best

    Comment by Farz Zand — Friday, May 20, 2016 @ 16:53

  3. Yvonne Elwood

    Hoping Javad can stay, cruel to deport him.

    Comment by Yvonne Elwood — Monday, May 16, 2016 @ 18:01

  4. Marie ryan

    I’m shocked that the home office can send Javad back…he has been through so much and came here as a child…finally a stable loving family..its so cruel to take that away from him 🙁

    Comment by Marie ryan — Sunday, May 8, 2016 @ 23:47

  5. Angie Phillip

    I can only echo Zelly’s words. We have got to know Javad since he was taken in by Terry and Stuart. In that time, he has changed from a young man who was afraid to look at you to a young man who smiles, talks a little and who shows by deeds how kind he is – for example, he baked us a cake. It is heartwarming to see how Stuart and Terry’s love and care is transforming this lovely shy young man into someone with hope for the future, the belief that he, too, can have a family and love and be loved. Now if we can’t change the minds of those at the Home Office it will all be taken away. Javad will be homeless in a place that terrifies him and in what for him will be a foreign land with no friends or family. And Terry and Stuart will be heartbroken. He is as dear to them as a son. Imagine what it would feel like to to lose your son forever…….. Please do sign the peittion – every name counts and it’s the only hope there is.

    Comment by Angie Phillip — Sunday, May 1, 2016 @ 12:19

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