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Missing students - letter writing campaign under way

4th Jul 2014

A letter-writing campaign is under way after UK Visas and Immigration have refused to let five students from Kenya study with Chelmsford Diocese because they do not have money.

The UK authorities have ignored the diocese’s promises to pay for the students' flights and all the other costs of their three week trip.  At the same time they have given visas to applicants with money.

The diocese is encouraging church members to write to their MPs asking the government to review its procedures.

Stephen Cottrell, the Bishop of Chelmsford has said:

“This is an offence against common sense and an offence against natural justice.

“Our hope is that we can begin a gentle but steadfast campaign to ask our government to review its procedures over visas for students where they come to us as guests being sponsored and paid for by our country to be with us and learn with us.”

In this video Bishop Stephen discusses the situation with Canon Moses Njoroge, the Principal of St Andrew's Theological College in Kabare, Kenya and launches our letter-writing campaign.

Picture: Students missing from a meeting with Bishop Stephen and Canon Moses