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Mercy Baguma - I'm sorry you were failed.

Updated: Sep 14, 2020

3 posts in a day is a lot for me, but having just read the heart wrenching news about Mercy Baguma, I couldn’t stay quiet.

What does it say about this country, when people who come here hoping for a better life, starve to death with their babies crying next to them? This island is called Great Britain, but nothing about this sounds great to me.

The Hostile Environment policy was designed to do exactly this - make it as uncomfortable as possible for refugees, asylum seekers and migrants in this country. To create a situation where they can’t access benefits, no job seekers allowance, no right to work for a year. And they can take that right away from you. This policy did exactly what it was meant to do, and it cost a woman her life.

Mercy, I am so sorry. You deserved so much better. You deserved respect. You deserved dignity. You deserved life. Rest in power.

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