Bale Baleiwai: 13 years in the British Army and given three weeks to leave Britain

Lance Corporal Bale Baleiwai has spent his whole adult life in the British Army. He has a glowing service record, a row of medals and a starring role in Army recruitment advertising.

His reward is a deportation notice. After 13 years fighting for Britain, it has given him three weeks to leave the country. “When I had the uniform on, I was a British soldier,” he says.

“Now I have taken it off, I’m just a problem they want to get rid of.”

Read the full, extraordinary story of Isimeli “Bale” Baleiwai here.

Sign the petition against his removal here.

Our report on the broader plight of Commonwealth Army veterans facing deportation is here.

 

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