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Serious Injury following Deportation Police Raid

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Serious Injury following Deportation Police Raid

Nearly every week we hear about Migrant Workers who try to run from the police, end up falling from a great height and suffer injuries.

V., a Nigerian women in her 30s, was injured following a raid by the Deportation Police, during which they broke into her home in Eilat. She panicked and fell from a great height and is now handicapped, paralyzed from her waist down, and in need of examinations, medical follow up, diapers and physiotherapy.

Starting Sunday V. will not be able to continue to reside in an apartment of the Finnish Church in Jerusalem, where she has resided for the past 3 weeks free of charge. The church kindly provided her with a room, food and assistance. We have no living quarters for her.

The incident in which she was injured and her chances for a lawsuit are being investigated by Adv. Ahuva Zaltsburg, but the suit- if it will be filed- will be a lengthy process, and the woman is unable to make a living. In Nigeria she has aging parents and a child in school, and they are unable to support her.

Requesting: material assistance, aid and a place to live.

Medical Insurance

Marlon, a Philippine national in his 20s, suddenly discovered last December that he suffers from a terminal kidney disease. He is in need of dialysis treatment and a kidney transplant. Marlon has a work permit and has insurance, however, the conditions of his insurance, as set by the state of Israel, allow the insurance company to fly him to his homeland without any additional treatment as soon as it is proven that he has lost his ability to work for an extended period. Marlon will travel to the Philippines. The Philippine insurance, in this case, grants the possibility of 45 dialysis treatments a year. After this, a person is on his own. In the meantime, he remains in Israel but his insurance no longer covers his treatments. He receives dialysis as a life saving treatment, but is not eligible to receive medicines such as Normiten, Norvasc and Convertin.

We are looking for donations of the above mentioned medicines for him. Also, we are looking for a donation which will at least allow him to have surgery to have a fixed catheter placed, before his return to the Philippines.

Life Threatening Deportation

Moses Boadu is a Ghanaian in his 50s, who suffers from diabetes and receives regular treatment in the Physicians for Human Rights-Israel Open Clinic. Moses is chronically ill and receives insulin treatments. To the best of our knowledge in Ghana it is not possible to receive insulin regularly as Moses requires. Returning him to Ghana will mean complications and death. We have been trying, for a long period of time, to raise donations of insulin for him, without them he will die.

Meanwhile, the insufficient treatment Moses receives is already visible and he suffers from characteristic complications. Moses has trouble finding work and sometimes arrives at the Open Clinic hungry, and receives food donations from the clinic. On Wednesday, 11 February 2004, Moses was arrested by the Deportation Police ("immigration administration"), after visiting the Open Clinic, even though he had medical documentation proving his difficult condition.

Currently, Moses is in a detention center, where we hope he is receiving medical care necessary to save his life. It can be assumed that a deportation order has already been taken out against him, and that the state will try to act upon it within a few days.

We will try to protest the deportation and try to release him, and then we will again need to acquire for him donations of insulin.

Physicians for Human Rights–Israel (PHR–Israel) is a non-partisan, non-profit organization founded in 1988 and currently comprising some 840 members, with the aim of striving to promote medical human rights in Israel and in the territories under Israel’s effective control. The basic values of PHR–Israel are human dignity, protection of bodily and mental integrity, and promotion of the right to health and medical care.

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