The asylum system takes a tremendous toll on a person’s wellbeing. Isolation, loneliness, and suicidal ideation are dominant among the people our services reach.
Fawad is from the Bedoon community in a secluded area of Kuwait. Bedoon people are discriminated against because of their ethnicity. They are stripped of their rights, are often pushed into poverty, and are denied access to essential services.
He became a single father and widower when his wife passed away after their local hospital refused to admit her when she fell ill. His children lost their mother because of discrimination.
“I wish I had a country, an embassy, a home, that could protect me and my children, somewhere safe. We are not recognised as human, nobody accepts us. I feel like I escaped one prison where I had no rights, to become stuck in another place where I’m being treated the same.
Even now, in the UK, we still don’t have a life yet.”