Asylum seekers continue hunger strike in Lincolnshire

Morton Hall Immigration Centre Protesters said they had begun a hunger strike

Related Stories

Failed asylum seekers from Afghanistan who began a hunger strike outside a Lincolnshire immigration centre are continuing their protest inside.

The 18 men started the hunger strike as a protest against plans to return them to Afghanistan.

One of the men told the BBC that guards returned them to their blocks at Morton Hall near Lincoln on Saturday morning.

The UK Border Agency said it would only return people who did not need protection in Afghanistan.

The hunger strikers said they had been promised they would be able to speak to an immigration officer.

Mohammad Nadi Mengal told the BBC: "We left Afghanistan about eight year ago, nine year ago, 10 year ago. Our country is not safe."

He said he was continuing his hunger strike inside the facility, adding the hunger strikers had been put in separate rooms in the centre.

Mr Mengal said he had refused to eat food, but had taken some liquids.

Morton Hall was formally a women's jail and was turned into an immigration removal centre earlier this year.

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

BBC Lincolnshire



4 °C 0 °C

Features & Analysis

Elsewhere on the BBC

  • The AmericansThe good guys?

    A US TV show examining the Cold War is offering a radical revision of history, writes Eric Kohn


  • A car being driven by Cruise Automation technologyClick Watch

    The tech which could allow any car with an automatic gearbox to become self-driving

Copyright © 2015 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.