Drama series. Kazima fails her age assessment and so the immigration authorities want to send her back to Somalia. The Dumping Ground must rally to help her any way they can.
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As you can see, your date of birth has been assessed as 1997.
What? We know this girl! There's no way she's 18 years old.
So, you will no longer be treated as an unaccompanied
-This is outrageous...
-Which means, you no longer have an
automatic right to remain in the UK.
Do you understand what I've just said?
Do you know what it means?
Yes. You're sending me back to Somalia.
How do we appeal against this so-called assessment?
-It will mean going to court.
-Whatever it takes.
And in the meantime, Kazima will need to move out of here.
-This is her home.
-She can't stay in a house full of underage children.
It's a child protection issue.
How can you talk about child protection
when you're sending a vulnerable young girl back to Somalia?
The panel found no clear evidence that Kazima had a well-founded
fear of persecution.
She couldn't give specific dates, locations...
She was traumatised! Do you have any idea what she's been through?
Mr Milligan, I come from Bosnia.
20 years ago, I was a refugee myself.
And it's my job to protect the system,
so we can help the people who really need it.
We're all here for you. We can fight this together.
-And what if I lose?
-Hey, Carmen, don't panic.
We're going to appeal against the decision.
We need to do more than that.
Hey, I could call Dallas Campbell.
-Dallas Campbell? Why?
-Cos we need all the help we can get.
Plus, he knows people in the media.
OK, let's not let this get out of hand now.
We could lose Kaz for ever.
We need to do something.
I can't go back.
You won't have to. I promise.
Ryan. House meeting.
-You know, I haven't seen you use that since you've been here.
-I've got to fit some practice in.
There's a skate contest over in Haversham tomorrow.
You can't go all that way on your own.
Thought you might say that.
-I was going to say, I'll take you there in the mini-bus.
Yeah! We've never had a skate champion in the house before!
Can't wait to see you shoot your moves!
-They're trying to send Kaz back to Somalia.
-They can't do that!
Social Services seem to think she's over 18.
-But that's so wrong.
-I know. But, guys, we can stop them.
Yeah, right. No-one listens to care kids.
All right, fair enough, but they will listen to people
off the TV, right?
-Uh, we're not off the TV!
-We're going to be!
OK, all right, everybody, calm down. Listen, please, listen!
Right, so Carmen has spoken to Dallas Campbell.
Now, he's very sympathetic.
And he's spoken to some of his TV contacts
and a local film team are going to come here and film us!
Can I show them my dancing?
No, Floss! Guys, we're doing this to help Kazima!
OK, we can use this TV interview to tell everyone about her
and if people want to help, then they can sign a petition.
And if enough people sign it, maybe they'll let me stay.
Yeah, we can advertise it on the website.
I mean, anyone can sign it if they want to.
-OK, so when are we filming?
We can't waste any time. They're trying to deport Kazima!
Oh, I got to make some phone calls.
-So, everybody on board, right?
Right, in that case, let's talk about hair and make-up. Jody?
Why are you looking at me, Carmen?
Bailey? What's wrong?
I don't want to be on TV.
How's that going to work out when you're a famous footballer?!
Yeah, but that's different! Just leave me out of this.
Kazima's our friend! What is wrong with you?
We can't take any more people in this country.
There's too many people here already.
How do you mean, too many people?
There's no jobs. My dad can't even get a job.
Your dad can't get a job cos he's a loser!
What? Don't talk about my dad.
Then don't blame Kaz for your problems!
-It's not her. It's just...
-Just people like me?
I'm not saying I want to chuck you out.
Oh, thank you so much.
-It's the principle.
My dad says we've got to look after our own,
before we let any more foreigners in.
-If I go on TV, standing up for asylum seekers...
-What if he sees me?
Then it'll be the first time he's seen you in a year.
Don't want to be in your stupid petition anyway.
But you said you'd take me. You promised.
I know, and I'm sorry. But I have to be here tomorrow.
All right, well, I'll just get the bus to the skate competition, then.
I told you, you can't. It's too far.
-So, Kazima's more important than me?
But she's in a terrible situation right now,
and she needs all of our support tomorrow.
OK. I understand.
Thank you, Ryan. That's very mature.
I'll find a way to make it up to you.
Yeah, you'd better!
OK, Kazima. Just take your time. There's no pressure.
Just tell your story.
Go on, Kaz, we're right behind you.
My name is Kazima Tako. I come from Somalia.
When I was eight years old, the soldiers came to my house.
They took my dad...
..and they took my brother, Amir.
Maybe they killed him.
Or maybe they educated him, made him fight for them.
I ran with my mum.
We ended up in a refugee camp in Kenya.
You can't imagine...
Thousands and thousands of us, in tents, all crowded together.
People got sick.
There weren't enough doctors, or medicine, or food.
Not enough anything.
My mum tried to help everyone she could.
But then she got sick.
In a hospital, she would have got well.
I held her hand as she died.
And I took her ring.
The only thing we had left of our old life.
I took it and I sold it to come here to England.
My dad talked about England all the time.
He promised we'd all be safe here.
But now, because they don't believe I'm a child...
..they're trying to send me back.
Kazima needs to stay here. But we need her to, as well.
She'd do anything for her mates.
When our friend, Frank, was living on the streets,
she looked after him.
And when he got scammed, she got his money back.
She always helps other people when they're in trouble.
So now, we need to help her.
-Sign the petition! Let Kazima Tako stay!
We've had over 100,000 signatures!
This is amazing.
We've even had messages from celebrities and stuff.
Yeah, we've had literally thousands of e-mails.
-Nothing, you don't want to see.
Let me see!
No, no, Kaz you don't want to! Kaz!
I don't understand.
How could they know?
This is were the rumours started.
But they're not rumours, are they? They're true. I was a thief.
No, no, Kaz. You did what you had to do, to survive.
Yeah, I can't believe one of us snaked you out!
Hey, we don't know that, do we, huh?
What's everyone looking at me for? I didn't do nothing!
Well, it had to be someone here.
Kazima never got caught, so who else would have known?
The Robbing Refugee: Klepto Kazima's Pick-Pocket Past.
The story of asylum seeker Kazima Tako may have
tugged at your heartstrings.
But it's your purse-strings you should be worried about.
We don't have to hear all this now, do we?
Wait, everybody. Listen to this.
"Our reporter learned about Kazima's secret
"shame from a source in the child care system."
-So, it was you!
-Someone's setting me up!
If Kazima gets deported, I'm never speaking to you again.
-I'm not speaking to him already.
-So it's all my fault, then, yeah?
Removal directions have been issued for your return to Somalia.
Already? What about the appeal?
In the event the appeal should fail.
But in the meantime, I found you a place in an adult hostel.
You need to move there immediately.
You've already stayed here longer than you should.
You need to sign on at the reporting centre every week or
-you could be taken into detention.
You won't be detained, unless you break the rules.
This is because of the TV interview. I'm being punished.
This isn't personal. It's just the system.
No? Funny how this place became available
as soon as I started fighting your system.
How is all this going to affect the appeal?
You mean the fact that she was a thief?
I don't imagine it will help her case, do you?
I knew it. It was you, wasn't it? You called the newspaper.
You must really hate me.
I don't hate you. And I didn't call anyone.
-Kaz, Kaz, Kaz, easy.
Why don't you go and pack? Don't worry.
We'll keep fighting this.
Do you even know where they're sending you?
Nobody's sending me anywhere. I'm leaving.
Back to the streets?! Kaz, you can't, that's not safe.
Safer than Somalia.
Thank you. I'd like to say I'll pay you back, but...
Kaz, where are you going to go?
Don't ask, then you can't tell.
Where you going?
They're trying to deport me. Please, just let me get away.
I didn't see anything. Come on, Mischief.
-Listen. I phoned the Daily Leader.
The website that said Kaz was a thief...
I wanted to find out who tipped them off!
-Oh, did they say it was Bailey?
-No. They wouldn't tell me anything.
So, what you bothering me for?
Because I don't think that it was Bailey.
-I think it was Ryan.
-You always think it's Ryan.
Yeah, but I can prove it this time.
If he called the number that was on the website,
then the number's going to be on his phone.
-Which will be the same as the one that I dialled.
So, I need to steal his phone.
-And you came to me?
-Well, Kaz is a little bit busy
and you're the second best criminal we've got.
KNOCK AT THE DOOR
-Hey, Ryan. Can I borrow your phone?
-No. The battery's dead.
-Better put it on charge, then, hadn't you?
Yeah, was just about to.
What you reading?
Put it down. It's not yours.
"To Ryan. Keep practising like I taught you.
"One day you'll be a champ, little bro. Owen"
-I didn't know you had a brother.
Then why did he call you bro?
He used to be my foster brother, now just get out.
Aw, that's so sweet. You had a big brother
and he taught you how to skate.
Then you got kicked out of that foster home.
-Just like all the others.
Owen was at that skate contest, wasn't he?
That's why you wanted to go.
-Can you just get out?
-Sure. Why didn't you just say so?
KNOCK AT DOOR
Hey. Is Kaz ready yet? Jasna's waiting.
She's probably in the bathroom.
What are you doing?
No! May Li!
She's taken all her stuff. Where's she gone?
-Guys, have you seen Kazima?
-Yeah, that's it, the Daily Leader number.
-So he did call them.
-Yep, and we have proof.
-Give me my phone.
-Come and get it.
Baths are supposed to be private!
-Should've locked the door, then, shouldn't you?
-We've got proof.
-Everyone's going to know what you did.
-What did he do?
-No, they won't!
Grab his hands! Don't let him delete the call!
-No! Give me that!
It's broken. Completely wrecked.
-Shame. Nice phone.
-Can I please just have my bath in peace now?
You're doing her no favours by helping her run away.
What if something happens to her?
Then it'll be your fault, won't it?
Carmen, I'm trying to protect Kazima.
If you have any idea where she is, you have to tell me.
Has she ever mentioned a friend? Someone who might let her stay?
No. I don't think she had any friends.
I'm sure you've got a lot to be getting on with,
so if Carmen can think of anyone, we'll be sure to let you know.
May-Li will show you out.
Thank you for this.
No problem. Stay as long as you want.
Liam's cool with it.
They'll come looking for me here.
I need to move on quickly.
Do you need money?
Of course. But, so do you...
-Who is it?
It's me, Mike!
-Is Kazima there?
-No! Erm, no!
Come on, let us in.
I've lost the key!
-Found the key, then?
-She's here, isn't she?
No. Search the place if you like.
-So she was here, then.
-Why are you helping them?
I'm not helping anybody except Kazima.
I just want to find her and bring her home.
So they can send her back?!
No! So she can fight! We can't win this appeal without her.
We used to hang out round here a lot.
Hi, have you seen Kaz?
-I can't believe it.
-Nor can I.
My little girl. You made your way to England, all alone.
I did what my daddy told me to do.
But how did you find me?
I saw you on the TV.
So, you know...about Mum?
I'm sorry, Abo.
Ssh. We won't be sad today.
Today is a happy day. Today is a wonderful day.
What's this? What is this?
If you don't like it, it is gone.
I could get used to it.
Oi! Oi! Leave her alone!
It's OK. Mike, Frank, Carmen. This is my dad.
# Fill my head with the future
# Fill my eyes with the sky
# Whole of my life I've been left behind
# But I've never felt more alive...#
Yeah, yeah, very funny. Hysterical.
You are going to be in so much trouble for this.
So what? You going to go crying to Mike and May-Li?
Get them to fight your battles?
This isn't a battle. You just trashed all my stuff.
Oh, Ryan. This is just the start.
-Did Tee tell you to do this?
-No. You did.
You crossed a line with what you did to Kazima.
Now you've got me to deal with.
There's a world of pain coming your way,
unless you can find a way to make things right.
You had no idea your daughter was also in the country?
Not until I saw her on the TV.
He has papers. Some friends saved them from our house.
So we can prove my real age.
It doesn't matter.
Now your dad is in the country,
you're no longer an unaccompanied minor.
-What does that mean?
-What's your status?
Did you apply for asylum when you entered the country?
I had a good friend.
He tried and they sent him back to a camp in Kenya.
Nobody believes that we are persecuted just for making music.
So I didn't apply.
So, you've been living here illegally.
So, now you can send us both back.
I hope that will make you very happy.
That's not what I do, Kazima. I'm here to help people.
I suggest you apply for asylum as soon as possible,
for both you and Kazima.
You think they will say yes?
I think you have a good chance, now that you can support Kazima's story.
And we'll find accommodation for both of you
while your claim is being processed.
-Of course. I can help you now, if you'll let me.
KNOCK AT DOOR
Excuse me, we're busy in here.
Kazima, there's a message on the website.
You really need to see it.
I can't take you with me. You're too young.
-I'm not a child!
-You're my daughter. You'll always be my child.
Kazima, your father's right.
It's too dangerous for you to go to Somalia.
But my brother's still alive! We have to find him!
So, whereabouts in Somalia is he?
All we know is, he was seen near Baidoa with a group of soldiers.
Well, in that case, can you try contacting him
through the Red Cross?
Not if he doesn't want to be found.
I have to speak to him myself. He'll listen to me.
-I'm his father.
-And I'm his sister! I'll go with you.
-It's not safe.
-But I don't care!
But I won't put you in danger. So don't even ask it.
Please. Don't leave me.
Do you want me to stay?
No. Go. You must.
Now I know you're not a child.
MUSIC: Stay With Me by Sam Smith.
Promise me she'll be safe.
Oh, I promise.
You're sure they can't send her away?
No. You've proved she's an unaccompanied minor.
She has to be allowed to stay until she's at least 18, OK?
It won't be nearly so long. I'll find Amir.
Soon, we'll be a family again.
It was a mistake. The thing is...
..when I told the paper, I was trying to help Kazima.
I thought if people knew everything you'd been through,
then they'd feel sorry for you.
So you told them that I was a thief?
I didn't mean to! It just sort of came out.
See, I told all of you I never done it!
I felt terrible as soon as I knew I'd done wrong.
I just couldn't face telling anyone.
But he felt so guilty that he told me.
And he decided to make amends.
By selling his skateboard and donating the money
to refugee charities.
It's a symbolic gesture.
To show my support for Kazima.
So why didn't you just give the money to me?
Joking! Thank you, Ryan.
What about me?
I took the blame for him, so what do I get?
You get to keep living with me. Lucky boy.
What I saw on TV, that camp...
-What are you trying to say?
Just happy you're still here.
Kazima fails her age assessment and so the immigration authorities want to send her back to Somalia. The Dumping Ground must rally to help her any way they can.