From 5.30am this morning campaigners had been talking to BA flight crew and passengers on BA 894 to Algiers (the flight Assia, Athmane and Nouha were scheduled to fly on). The staff and passengers had been told of the Souhalia family's situation, that they feared for their lives if deported to Algeria and that the deportation was depriving Nouha of the right to live in the country where she was born. The passengers were asked not to stand by and let the family be forcibly deported. They were asked to speak to the pilot of BA 895 and request that the plane did not fly with the Souhalia family on board.
We believe that the real reason that the Souhalia family were not deported on BA 895 was because of pressure from the staff and passengers.
The Souhalia family are currently in transit back to Yarl's Wood
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