“I came to the UK because I was raped, beaten, and locked up in my country because of my sexuality,” Anna*, an asylum seeker who fled Cameroon, remembers. “When I arrived, I didn’t know where to go or what to do and I had never heard of asylum. I thought I was coming to a country where I would be accepted for who I am – but that was not the case.”


Anna fled her home to escape gender-based violence, and her story is only one among tens of thousands of people who flee to the UK in hopes of safety, acceptance, and hope. But in the UK’s increasingly hostile immigration system, they are being met by a government attempting to make the asylum process even more difficult than it already is.


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