In Nottingham this week, people will be attempting to live on the food a destitute asylum seeker currently receives from the NNRF in aid – one bag of asda value basics and just 2.50 per week. They will then donate the rest of their normal weekly expenses to the campaign.
Government policies mean that increasing numbers of people seeking asylum are being left destitute, homeless, or living on food parcels. Destitute asylum seekers do not have the right to work, and have no way to sustain themselves. These are often people who have fled persecution and suffering – and rather than receive support and shelter in the UK, are forced to live as virtual ghosts.
The vigil was a colourful event, with fantastic music from Long Journey Home musicians drawing a crowd, information on the campaign, and the Solidarity Sisters strutting their stuff – getting the Saturday shoppers to consider a challenging issue.
Nottingham Refugee Forum
Church Action on Poverty
Long Journey Home
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