Moving to the UK and the hostile environment
So luckily, in 2022 I managed to leave the country and took a plane and flew here. Arrive in the UK in 2022. But I came when my husband was on his mission. So I came to the UK without telling him. When He went home and couldn’t find me. He dug into my computer and found out all the things about Kizito that I’ve been reading in his book. So that became a problem. He reported me at his work. And the security organs started harassing my family and threatened them. They were asking my whereabouts. They said my family] I am working with an ennemies of the country .. That was insane. My husband told at his work that I knew a lot about my husband’s work and his missions. Because he used to discuss. He used to tell me things. Well, it was true, but I never asked for that. They told my family that I joined an opposition party operating out of the country , and that’s something that is not accepted in Rwanda and they left summons for me.
They kept harassing my family. My family has monitored it day and night until now. So I was threatened that this ago he threatened me that if I don’t go back they will bring me by force, dead or alive. And that I’m not famous. So it’s it’s gonna be easy for them to get rid of me. No one is going to claim. No one is going to look for me. That was. That’s really scary. When I first heard of these threads, I got very ill and couldn’t go out although I was here.
My ex-husband still sending me lots of death threats. , at the beginning, was for me was shocking. It was scary and it was hard for me to go outside. In his threats he said. that I’m not famous, so it’s gonna be easy for them to get rid of me. They know where I am. They know that I’m here. And they will bring me back dead or alive. So if I have a brain, I should go and explain what they found on my computer. So this put me in a very stressful situation.where I couldn’t go out and wished to die. I was scared. Yes, until now, I’m scared. But thanks to therapy now, I can go outside sometimes. when it started. I was in a dark place. I couldn’t go outside. I stayed indoors for a month. I was really sad that I had to put my family to go through this. My family is trapped now. You can’t go anywhere because of me. ., as they’re claiming that I know I have a lot of information about. My husbands-work. So that means I if I go there. God knows what’s going to happen. I’m going to die in prison and be tortured as well because of having special forces information. Information that I’m not supposed to have. It’s scary. It’s scary. And they don’t want a whole to.
When I did my asylum interview, the big interview. And I believe the government was rushing because of the Rwanda bill .. I go a decision few days before, they court decide about the Rwanda bill, if Rwanda is safe or not.. so I was refused asylum.
First of all, they didn’t give me enough time to explain what happened to me. Secondly the person interviewing me said we didn’t have much time, Try to be brief. We didn’t go into details. She said If I don’t, I don’t ask you to go into details don’t go into detaild.. I was like, OK then. They made the decision, they said. I didn’t give them many details on A, B,C, and D and was told in the interview not to do so. I was shocked. After the interview, you usually receive a copy of your interview to see if you want to rectify anything or add something. And I was not given that chance. They took a decision without giving me a copy of my interview. And they also said they didn’t give them enough information. Also, my documents were being translated. My solicitor told them that I needed more time. To get all the documents done and ready. They ignored that and made a decision. And denied my asylum claim,, which is so unfair.
What I feel about Rwanda and if I think there is a safe place for refugees: No, Rwanda is not safe for refugees. I don’t know why they ignore that. I remember an event that happened in 2018. They killed 12 refugees. The police shot 12 refugees. So how? What do you expect? How do you think that those people who they are sending there are going to be safe? It’s not a safe country. It’s not safe for refugees.
Another question: what do I think of this scheme? I think that scheme is about money. It’s just business. Everyone must know something about Rwanda: The government of Rwanda only cares about money. They want anything that can bring them money, and for example, Rwanda is not a rich country, but They go and invest in Arsenal and, For [publicity. There are a lot of people in Rwanda who barely eat one time a day. People are hungry; people are poor there. The government doesn’t care about the people who live there; they don’t care about Rwandans, so how are they gonna care about Refugees who are not even Rwandans? They should think about that. So, the scheme is about money. They want money for the government, not for the Rwandans. No, the Rwandans are not going to benefit from that money. The Refugees are not going to benefit from that money. The government is just going to use that money.
To answer the last question when I was there. I did not notice any improvement. Things are getting worse. We have social problems, we have economic problems, we have economic problems. We have an issue of, you know, they violate human rights every day. If you heard my story, There’s a lot I didn’t tell you. They violate human rights every single day. A lot of people there are just scared. They don’t speak out. There’s no freedom of speech. journalists are not free there You say something that doesn’t support what the government. You will be jailed or killed. They killed so many journalists. They killed Bloggers. They will control everything, even what you wear: for example, if you’re wearing a see-through dress, the next day, you find yourself like in jail.
These are so many examples of the events that happened there, and I wonder how they wish those refugees to have such a life living there as like living in. It is a permanent prison. Because, to be honest. I feel like I’ve been living in a permanent for my whole life.
I don’t wish anyone to have such a life, to have a life that I used to have.