The hunger strike, which began on 5th February with 84 women involved, escalated three days later when Serco attempted to break the strike by force. Several women were assaulted, and four 'ring leaders' were transferred to Holloway prison without charge.
The women have since released a statement of their intention to suspend the hunger strike from 19th March until 9th April, subject to a full investigation into the violence on 8th February, an end to the detention of mothers and their children, and a list of other demands that basically equate to humane treatment. On March 18th a judge ordered an urgent High Court hearing into the conditions at Yarl's Wood. The women have stated that they will resume the hunger strike if there is not enough progress on these issues.
Yarl's Wood Migrant Solidarity