‘This has to stop’: Yusuf Faqiri speaks at Durham College Social Justice Week

Durham College is hosting its first Social Justice Week.

From Jan. 28 to Jan. 30, families that have been impacted by incarceration are speaking about their experiences, with activists, advocates, educators and community leaders making presentations, as well as hosting workshops and film screenings.

That includes a local man who shared a story about his brother, who died while in a Lindsay jail.

Not a day goes by that Yusuf Faqiri doesn’t think about his brother, Soleiman. And three years after his death, he says he’s still fighting for accountability.

“Lindsay’s literally in my backyard, about 30 minutes from here,” said Yusuf Faqiri, representing the Justice for Soli campaign.

“We grew up in Pickering-Ajax, and Ontario Shores, where Soleiman was supposed to be taken care of, is literally a stone’s throw away,”

The Faqiri family says Soleiman, who they say had a history of schizophrenia, died at the hands of corrections officers while awaiting transfer to a mental health hospital.

He was 30 years old.

“This has to stop. People with mental illness should be in hospitals, not in jails and given to their families in body bags,” said Faqiri.

“We will continue to fight until our demands are met.”

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