Reggae Musician, 64, Dies Of Cancer Just After Winning Battle For UK Citizenship

Jashwa Moses, 64, had wanted one last holiday before his death 'just to be free' but never got his final wishA reggae musician and child of the Windrush generation has died of cancer shortly just after winning his battle for UK citizenship.

Jashwa Moses, 64, had wanted one last holiday before his death ‘just to be free’ but never got his final wish.

He had been unable to travel for decades through fear of being denied entry back to the UK.

Jashwa Moses, 64, had wanted one last holiday before his death ‘just to be free’ but never got his final wish

Mr Moses left Jamaica at the age of 12 to come to Britain, with his family settling in Bristol in 1968.

He had been unable to travel for decades through fear of being denied entry back to the UKHe worked as an apprentice for Rolls Royce before becoming a reggae musician.

During his music career, Mr Moses released three albums and performed abroad until he felt unable to leave Britain.

Mr Moses appears in BBC Inside Out West, which documents his citizenship application, on Monday.

He told the programme: ‘I’ve never felt as if I was accepted by the system.

‘In the 1990s, 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 not get back in.

‘As a musician, what do you do? You travel.’

Mr Moses applied for citizenship in late 2018, telling the BBC that he was ‘confident’ that he would be successful.

Mr Moses reading over immigration documents

The resident of St Pauls submitted numerous forms with the help of Bristol City Council’s deputy mayor Asher Craig.

He told the BBC: ‘It better be soon because you know I’m an ill man right now – I’m kind of diagnosed with the big C.

Mr Moses reading over immigration documents‘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.’

He described himself as a ‘fighter’ and said he had overcome mental illness, diabetes and now had to tackle cancer.

His citizenship was granted in about June but Mr Moses died just weeks later, in July, before he was able to go on holiday.

Ms Craig told the BBC she was ‘really shocked’ that Mr Moses had died so soon after receiving his citizenship.

‘One thing about Jashwa was that he didn’t want to bring his burden to anybody,’ she said.

‘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.’

She said that receiving his British passport meant Mr Moses ‘has now been set free’.

Mr Moses’s story will be broadcast on BBC Inside Out West at 7.30pm on BBC West and be available on iPlayer afterwards.

Source: Reggae musician, 64, dies of cancer just after winning battle for UK citizenship | Daily Mail Online

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