Love Wins: reflections on June

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June 2016 will go down in my memory as a month of horrors, hurt and hatred, bookended by outstanding displays and outpourings of love. In reality the hurt began on 24th May, my second wedding anniversary, with the deportation of a woman I’d come to deeply care for during the nine months I’d been visiting her […]

The reality of being a pregnant woman in Yarl’s Wood

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Originally published at The Pool: Lucy was 23 when she fell pregnant, following a brutal gang rape by three men in her home country. After receiving threats on her life, she fled to the UK, believing she would be safe here – only to find herself locked up in Yarl’s Wood detention centre at five […]

“Detention is no place for pregnant women”

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Originally published as a guest post at mumsnet.com: Lucy* was 23 when she fell pregnant as a result of brutal sexual violence. Her mother bought her a plane ticket to the UK, thinking she and her baby would be safe here – but she was detained straight from the airport. She arrived frightened, alone and […]

“What have I got to lose?” Hunger strikes and protests at Yarl’s Wood detention centre

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Originally published at New Statesman, written as part of my communications work for Women for Refugee Women: On Saturday, hundreds of protestors gathered in the muddy field outside Yarl’s Wood immigration removal centre, calling for an end to the detention of vulnerable women who have claimed asylum in the UK. Despite the pouring rain, the mood on both sides […]

Wheely Good Exercise – Your Cat magazine (December 2015)

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My fourth feature for Your Cat magazine, published in the December 2015 issue. Earlier in the year I visited Papworth Trust in Bury St Edmunds to find out about their custom-made cat exercise wheels. I absolutely love their Workwise project, which offers training and employment opportunities to people in rehabilitation from mental health, drug and alcohol problems – and, […]