Thank you for all your messages bringing the case of Afusat Saliu and her two daughters to our attention. Without knowing the specifics on the case, it is very difficult to comment in detail on a legal decision taken by the Home Office. While Virgin Atlantic cannot confirm whether any passengers are or are not flying with them due to data protection laws, they would view any case like this with the safety and welfare of all passengers their primary concern.
Regardless, if Afusat Saliu and her family are deported to Nigeria, we call upon the UK and Nigerian governments to do all they can to protect the family and ensure they are not put at risk of female genital mutilation.
As we have previously stated, FGM is a horrendous practice and a serious violation of internationally recognised human rights. The authorities must ensure the Saliu family are given all support and protection possible.
Richard and Holly