Shaun’s story

Shaun’s story

 

Anyone can become an asylum seeker; you just don’t think it can happen to you.
I came to the UK because it is safe, and I speak English. It’s a fair country, and I knew I’d have a chance here. Last week I got my refugee status after two years of waiting, and today I picked up my card!
I grew up in Uganda. There are four of us in my family, and my father died when I was quite young so my mother brought us up. I went to a good school in Kampala with a lot of international students. That’s where my love of language began. I speak six languages: English, Arabic, Japanese, Swahili, Kikuyu, Taita, Portuguese, and some Chinese. French and German are next on my list to learn now I have asylum.
Overall I did well in school. I went to university in Nairobi to study cyber security management, and I got a good job when I finished. Everything was fine, but then something really bad happened, and I had to leave. I cannot talk about that, it is too hard. My journey here was also very traumatic and I cannot bear to think about.
Being an asylum seeker is difficult. After you’re processed you’re given a room, a duvet, a mattress, and a few cooking utensils, nothing else.
For two years I lived on £37 a week. It’s hard, but you just have to do it. If you have a roof over your head and somewhere to sleep you will survive.
What reality helped was when I was in a hotel last year, and I met a wonderful woman called Pauline. She was outside our hotel in Runcorn one night. She had brought things for the refugees in the hotel, and I talked with her, and I’ve been helping her ever since. She is my friend now.
Now with my card I can start my life again. I’ll wait to see where God takes me, but there are so many things I’d like to do. I’d quite like to be a nurse, as I really like helping people.
I cannot talk about the past. I wish I could erase it. But please understand how much I love my country and the family I left.
And please be kind to refugees; you do not know what we have had to leave behind us.
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Care4Calais was founded by a group of volunteers with the sole aim of supporting the people of the Calais refugee camps, providing fresh meals, warm clothing, heating and important legal and medical support.

We are not politicians – we are people like you who simply believe that every human has the right to be treated in a fair and dignified way.

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