Recent writing: A moment that changed me

In July I wrote for The Guardian about two very special people in my life. I made so many wonderful friendships during my time at Women for Refugee Women, but this one has definitely had the most impact on me as a person. A moment that changed me: becoming godmother to a refugee’s baby – for The […]

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

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”

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

Yarl's Wood protest

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 […]

Refugees in London: two stories

Originally published at Women’s Views on News. “When you walk down a street you see people from all around the world… But I do feel homesick.” In a café in South London, a young Iranian woman told me she likes it here, but she misses her home. She is one of 15.2 million refugees worldwide. […]