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12 January 2016

Sleepless in Stansted

Mariam is a French national in her mid-thirties. She came to the UK from France in order to find employment as she had been advised that her job prospects would be better here. Whilst she was in the UK she met a suitor for marriage and given how well they got on the two decided…

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1 January 2016

Winter with arthritis

Samia is 37. She lives in a studio flat on her own. She has Rheumatoid Arthritis, a long-term condition that causes pain, swelling and stiffness in the joints. She has had it for several years and when it is cold it flares up and can be particularly severe during the winter months. Due to her…

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24 November 2015

A widow with nowhere to go

Nyla is now a widow and mother of two young boys. She was brought up in India. There she met a man whom she wanted to marry and spend the rest of her life with. The match was not one that her husband’s family approved of. Despite the difficult circumstances they would both face, the…

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20 November 2015

Life after Saddam

When Ali Mahmood left Iraq and resettled in the UK, he left his homeland, his wealth and even his health. He arrived in the UK with a missing finger and a crippled leg having been tortured at the hands of the Saddam regime. He was therefore unable to work even after he had resettled and…

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13 November 2015

Refusing to be silenced

Fatouma came to the UK from Uganda as a political asylum seeker. Her parents were both politically active so they were constantly under threat from the opposition party. Soldiers would come to storm Fatouma’s family home on most nights and check they were not planning any political rallies. Fatouma and her family knew that they were not…

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11 November 2015

Helping a torture victim get back on her feet

Sadiqah came from a middle class family in Sudan. She was well educated and had a thriving career ahead of her in the capital, Khartoum. One devastating evening she returned home from work to find her father had been murdered and her mother had been kidnapped by a militia group. Fearing for the rest of…

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