Thais and Jhoselin arrived in the UK with their mother Justina Grajeda and their father in 2002. Their father was tragically killed two years ago in a freak bicycle accident. The girls were 8 and 9 when they arrived and have not been back to Bolivia since. They are now Londoners in every way and have become disconnected with the customs and way of life in Bolivia.
Now aged 16 they are described as grade A students, they have places in Lewisham sixth forms and have ambitions to go on to University. Their mother Justina is active in Bolivia Solidarity Campaign and the girls are now becoming more involved as activists.
The decision to deport the family could not have come at a worse time for the girls - between coming to terms with the death of their father and embarking on their A Levels. Within the Latinoamerican community we have seen so many wonderful people snatched from their homes and workplaces by the UK Borders Agency, every deportation causes a collective trauma amongst our community. An injury to one is an injury to all, but also a victory to this one family will be a victory to all, so lets unite, fight and stop this deportation! Sign the petition: http://www.gopetition.com/petition/37805.html