Abbie Trayler-Smith

England, Great Britain, UK, UNITED KINGDOM

43 year old Ngisti from Eritrea spends time in the house in South London where she has been allocated a bed under section 4 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999. Her asylum claim was refused in 2003, and for five years she has survived on the kindness of friends and charities for food handouts. "I have no family, no papers, no work. I take tablets for depression because I can't sleep at night. We have the status of animals here. All we are allowed to do is eat, drink and sleep, that's the same as animals do. The situation in Eritrea is too dangerous for me to return now. Lots of people are being killed there. I pray to God to change my life and take my problems away so that I will once more be able to look after my children." Ngisti is one of an estimated 300,000 rejected asylum seekers living in the UK.

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Abbie Trayler-Smith
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