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    BBC NEWS /7220956.stm
    2008/01/31 20:11:53 GMT

    As the government announces that unaccompanied youngsters - denied
    the right to stay in this country - will now be deported, Aram,
    who came to Britain from Armenia, tells in his own words the story
    of his journey to the UK.

    My name is Aram. I am 16 years old. I came in this country 10
    months ago.

    When I came in this country, someone take me to social services - some
    adviser from Refugee Council. When they take me to Refugee Council,
    I met one man who take me to hotel.

    In the hotel, I stay nearly two weeks. And in that two weeks, I was
    getting everything I need in social care. After two to three weeks,
    a lady called me. A Russian lady was interpreting.

    They talked to me and they were very rude to me. I asked for water
    because I felt bad when I was talking about my life.

    They said they had no water. It was very hard for me. After two hours,
    I was feeling very bad, they go out - after 15 minutes they said
    'we think you're 18 years old'.

    And they take me to [word unintelligible] and I was crying so much,
    I didn't know where to go or what to do.

    After that a man took me to a hotel and it was very hard for me because
    I don't know how to cook, I don't know how to look after myself and
    I was very bad. I was crying too much and I tried to do bad things
    to me, I was scared too much.

    So after that I made Refugee Council - I was coming here all the time,
    I live here because they never leave me. And I am very happy for them,
    because this is my family - a very big family.

    I like people, I love people - I'm very happy in this country, because
    this country is peace - no-one attacks no-one, everybody lives,
    no-one can take your life for nothing.

    And I'm very happy for these people, because these people they help
    me so much.

    I'm very young and I want to be useful. I don't want to be very bad
    people, I want to help people because I can. I don't want to waste
    time sitting at home. I decided to come and help them, so I want to
    be very useful.

    I don't like war, I don't like when people die. I like this country
    too much, because in this country people don't die. In this country I
    learnt to play football - I went to Refugee Council team in Kennington
    Park [south London]. Every Friday we're playing football and I'm very
    happy for this.

    I love books, I have two library cards. I'm learning English and I'm
    learning books.