Joy as Iraqi fam­ily is granteda­sy­lu­minUK

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY LEE HARPIN

AN IRAQI fam­ily whose plight was taken up by York’s Lib­eral Jewish com­mu­nity have been granted the right to re­main in UK by the Home Of­fice.

Si­nan Nu­uman said he was “over­joyed” af­ter learn­ing that he, his wife Dena, and their chil­dren Yara, seven, and Liza, 19 months, had been given per­mis­sion to re­main in the coun­try for the next five years.

The fam­ily had con­verted to Ju­daism af­ter be­com­ing part of the fledg­ling York Lib­eral Com­mu­nity in June 2014, where they are now regulars at ser­vices.

Mr Nu­uman said: “We were close to com­plete des­per­a­tion. The de­ci­sion gives us hope for a new, op­ti­mistic life and that fi­nally we can as­sure the safety of our chil­dren.”

He added: “I read the Home Of­fice letters time and time again not believ- ing that we fi­nally have the right to stay.”

A spokesman for York’s Lib­eral com­mu­nity said they were “over the moon” at the Home Of­fice’s de­ci­sion.

The fam­ily ar­rived in the UK more than four years ago af­ter Mr Nu­uman left Bagh­dad to take an Iraqi gov­ern­ment-funded post­grad­u­ate de­gree at York Univer­sity.

In a de­ci­sion that de­lighted her par­ents, Yara Nu­uman was of­fered a place at the Brodet­sky Jewish Pri­mary School in Leeds last Novem­ber. The fam­ily moved to the city to be closer to the school.

York’s small Lib­eral Jewish com­mu­nity has been among the most staunch sup­port­ers of the Nu­umans right to re­main in Bri­tain, rais­ing £3,000 on their be­half.

The fam­ily claimed asy­lum last June af­ter the Iraqis had can­celled Mr Nu­uman’s fund­ing and visa. The Nu­umans with daugh­ter Yara: “This de­ci­sion has given us hope”

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