Bristol musician died just months after winning battle to be British
A Bristol man who came to Britain as a child but then was a victim of the Windrush Scandal, died just a few months after finally winning a long battle to get citizenship.
Jashwa Moses ended up trapped in this country and unable to go on holiday for years, through fear of being denied entry back into the UK.
The talented musician, who had to stop touring abroad too because of the uncertainty over his citizenship status, dreamt of one last holiday 'just to be free' before his tragic death from cancer, but never got his final wish.
His shocking story, and the battle he took up to win his citizenship here, will be shown on the BBC 's Inside Out West programme tonight, Monday, October 14.
The programme will detail how a lifetime of calling Britain home meant little as the Home Office's 'Hostile Environment' claimed Jashwa as another casualty.
And it will document how, with the support of Bristol's deputy mayor Asher Craig, he fought to prove his right to live in Britain, even as he battled cancer in vain.
Jashwa was a well-known figure in Bristol's musical history. He came to Southmead from Jamaica in 1968, aged just 12, and when he left school, he went to work as an apprentice at Rolls Royce.
He left that job to launch a music career, and released three albums, and toured around the world.
He told Inside Out West: "I've never felt as if I was accepted by the system."
The talented musician went abroad to perform, but as the UK tightened up its borders, he no longer felt able to travel.
"In the '90s I was travelling but then all of a sudden I hear of people and know people who went out of the country and somehow could come get back in," he said.
"As a musician what do you do? You travel."
Jashwa spent years fighting for British citizenship. A battle he had to fight on two fronts after his cancer diagnosis.
"I am confident that I will get my citizenship," he said in November last year.
"And it better be soon 'cos you know I'm an ill man right now. I'm kind of diagnosed with the big C. And even the big C don't frighten me.
"But I really need my citizenship fast because I would like to go on holiday somewhere. I don't know where. Doesn't matter.
"But just to be free and not burdened with the complexities of politics and politicians."
The St Paul's resident had to jump through hoops and sign reams of official forms, but eventually, with the help of Bristol City Council deputy mayor Asher Craig, he finally got his citizenship.
Wearing a suit to cover his now frail body, he told the BBC he was pleased to finally hold the official document.
He joked: "I'll have a cup of tea please. I'm a fighter. I've overcome mental state of illness. I've overcome diabetes. Now I gotta fight cancer."
But tragically, Jashwa would never get his holiday.
Just a few months after receiving his citizenship, Joshwa passed away aged 64.
Nor would he see the compensation the Government offered to victims of the 'Windrush scandal'.
Speaking at a celebration of his life, Asher Craig told the BBC she was "really, really shocked that he passed away so soon" after getting his citizenship.
She continued: "One thing about Jashwa was that he didn't want to bring his burden to anybody. So at no time did I even consider that he would be passing away so quickly.
"This whole Windrush situation completely stressed him out and the fact that he was already suffering from cancer with that added pressure on top of it.
"But you know something Jah nah sleep and Jah guided him to me and he now has his British passport and though he may not be here to use it in life, him gonna fly away all over the world right now, globally.
"He has been set free," she added.
- The BBC Inside Out West will air at 7.30pm on BBC One West. It will be available on iPlayer afterwards.
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