On 9 August thirteen refugees from Iraqi Kurdistan began a hunger strike at Campsfield detention centre with this statement: "[The British state is] trying to deport us to the most dangerous country in the world. We want people to listen to us. It is better to be dead than to return to Iraq."
The protesters were then joined by 50 – 60 other detainees, all demanding refugee status.
The hunger strikers were further angered by the news that Hussein Ali had committed suicide on Sunday 10 August after being deported from the UK to Kurdistan.
The strike has since been called off, but supporters plan a solidarity protest outside the Home Office in London.
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