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Vietnamese mother separated from her child sparks uproar

SENIOR politicians spoke out amid uproar after it was revealed that a Vietnamese mother arrested during a police crackdown on illegal residents had been separated from her three-year-old daughter and could be deported.

Vietnamese mother separated from her child sparks uproar


“I want my daughter,” was despairing 44-year-old Dang Thi May's plea on Thursday when she was brought before Güzelyurt District Court after being held on suspicion of living illegally in the TRNC.

Her half-Turkish Cypriot daughter – found by authorities to have no birth certificate – was removed by Social Services while Ms Dang was held to await deportation. Fellow Vietnamese Nguyen Thi Tue, 66, arrested during the same swoop, was removed from the country last Friday.

Meanwhile Mehmet Salih Dedecan, 57, a Turkish Cypriot reported to have been living with Ms Dang for four of the five years she had been in the TRNC and to be the father of her child, and to have illegally employed Ms Nguyen, was also arrested for allegedly using bad language and trying to stop police conducting document checks on the two women.

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