Dear Prime Minister and Ministers of the Turkish Cypriot Cabinet,
We, the undersigned, are appealing to you to immediately reverse the deportation of the British citizen Reverend Wendy Hough from the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC).
On the 11th of December, two immigration officers arrived at Wendy’s home. She was taken from everything she owns, thrown in a rancid cell during a global pandemic and separated from her family. For five months she has been stranded at the border in the Republic of Cyprus (ROC). She bought her only home, investing all that she has into it. She has no other home to go to, has only survived financially with support from a global group of friends and is experiencing emotional distress.
TRNC Immigration claims she overstayed a three-day visa, about which she knew nothing, two weeks prior to the start of lockdown in February 2020 whilst at the time she was applying for residency.
Wendy is a respected member of the community in the TRNC. She was appointed, in 2014, to be the priest of the English Church in Kyrenia, and stepped back from her position in 2018, to better serve the Turkish Cypriot Community.
We ask that she is able to return home without further delay.
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