A well known campaigner fighting against poaching in Africa, who has exposed high level corruption in poaching, at diplomatic and ministerial level, has had to flee her country and seek refuge in Ireland. However more than 8 months after arriving in secret, she is stuck in limbo and her work, safety and charity have been badly compromised. Meanwhile countless other migrants from Africa have arrived after her and been processed ahead of her, in an Asylum system which even some Irish people find embarrassing.
The campaigner seeking protection in Ireland is a regular attendee at international conservation conferences like Cites and the China / Africa Forum and is the driving force behind the Charity she founded after realising that were would be no stopping the poaching of our wildlife if nothing was done. In her work she highlighted the corruption at all levels including government, police and moneyed elites and works to eradicate this by working with the grassroots communities in many fields such as through education, from the bottom to the top and not the other way around.
According to her “Corrupt governments serve a purpose. They are put in power and kept in power until an international organization decides differently.”
At great expense to her health and personal finances, she started the fight to bring the plight of our big animals to the attention of the world and more importantly to Cites Cop17 against all odds.
Her passion, tenacity, determination and do or die attitude, as well as her vast knowledge of the subject, combined with long 18 hour days, seven days a week has achieved success, but for reasons of security details cannot be divulged here.
Through petitions, grassroots interaction, protests, high level advocacy for legislation and fund raising, she had hoped to achieve much for the African continent and its vast ecological, environmental and biological diversity.
Her work and personal life has been so compromised, she is now at a point where she is considering abandoning her protection claim and returning to Africa, despite the risk to her life, in order to continue her work.
We contacted the Irish Refugee Council and David Stanton, the Minister, and Department of Justice and Equality for comment. We received confirmation that all received and read the letter, yet only received a response from the Department of Justice and Equality which is well known for its clandestine secrecy and non-transparency when dealing with refugee issues. We were told “The Department does not comment on individual cases”, however they sent us a contact address for future queries…. which they “do not comment on“…
A TD, (member of the Irish Parliament), has previously told us that because all the funding for refugees comes from the Dept. of Justice, no transparency or public accountability is required, even when houses are being purchased to accommodate successful refugees! So I guess we just have to hope and trust no collusion or corruption is taking place… something we are looking into…