Rwanda is preparing to house asylum-seeking children being deported from the UK on a one-way ticket under Boris Johnson’s widely criticized policy. The Hope Hostel in the capital Kigali is building a five-a-side football pitch, a basketball court and plans to buy outdoor toys for minors, it revealed on Friday.
Downing Street said no unaccompanied children would be sent to the Rwandan capital 4,000 miles away and insisted it was right to “prepare for all eventualities”. Hostel manager Elisee Kalyango confirmed that they were taking steps to prepare for children under the policy, adding: “We are ready to welcome people of all ages.”
A “mini football and basketball court that can be moved to volleyball” was being built, he said, and for the children they were planning to place “toys” on the lawn neighbor. The official was speaking to reporters who traveled with the Prime Minister to Rwanda, where he is attending a Commonwealth summit, as he showed them around the accommodation during a visit organized by No 10.
Hope was empty. Mr Kalyango said people living there, including Rwandan genocide orphans and students, were housed elsewhere shortly after the government signed the £120million economic and migration deal in April.
Lord Dubs, who was welcomed to the UK when he fled the Nazis in Czechoslovakia on the Kindertransport scheme, said the revelation about the children was “completely unacceptable”. The Labor peer said: ‘I think this is completely unacceptable. The policy of sending people to Rwanda is awful enough without adding that they will send children.
“I don’t know how they think they can get away with this – I think it’s deeply, deeply shocking. It clearly shows that they don’t care who they send to Rwanda, as long as they get rid of people .
But the prime minister’s official spokesman said the government must prepare ‘facilities for all eventualities’ and insisted that 90 per cent of those crossing the Channel in small boats are men. “It’s true that we are preparing for all eventualities and you can see that we have prepared well,” he said.
“Our view is that we have taken important steps, as have the Rwandan government and those who run this site, to ensure that people have everything they need here and opportunities to resettle and live their lives. life.
Pressed on whether the government will deport children who arrive on unauthorized trips with their parents, he said: ‘It will depend on who is making the trip.
Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper said: ‘For them to now include vulnerable children in their plans is falling to a new low. (Home Secretary) Priti Patel should be ashamed. The Home Office should stop this damaging plan, start targeting criminal gangs, and fix its own asylum decision-making instead.
Earlier, Mr Johnson admitted that Ukrainian refugees could be subject to the policy which has been blocked by legal challenges. But the Prime Minister has insisted to reporters that it is “highly unlikely” that asylum seekers fleeing the Russian invasion will be caught up in his widely criticized policy.
Labor said it was “shameful” that Mr Johnson thought it was acceptable to send those fleeing Vladimir Putin’s bombs to Rwanda.
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