consumed by guilt and worry. Every meal we eat
we think of whether our children have food. But
our love for them is also what keeps us going.
Sometimes you feel so hopeless, you want to end
your life but knowing your children need you is
what makes you keep fighting.”
To be recognised
as mothers, with dependent children
That when the
government grants amnesty to families with children here –
their right to stay without having to establish a fear of
persecution – that we, together with our children back home,
must also have a right to family amnesty. Though we are
divided, we are a family.
When we win our right to stay
right to family reunion
to everyone who wins
the right to stay in the UK (whether under the refugee
convention, humanitarian protection, human rights act, legacy
process or other grounds).
The right of
children to join their mother even if they turned 18 before her
asylum claim was settled.
We urge British embassies/high
commissions in our home countries to show their commitment to
families by helping to find our missing children and
reunite them with their mothers.
“Mummy, you are
the only person I have to save me from everything I’m going
through. Thomas screams every night. . . . I don’t even know
what to say about Michael but he’s a baby boy who needs his
mummy right now.”
Letter from a teenage girl whose mother was
forced to leave her four children behind.
For more information, including how you can help,
All African Women’s Group,
Crossroads Women’s Centre
230a Kentish Town Rd, London NW5 2AB
Tel: 020 7482 2496