Mariam Yusuf: Reflections on 2020-21
Mariam Yusuf is an asylum seeker who arrived from war-torn Somalia in 2008. Somalia has been a country riven with conflict for decades and the country topped the annual Fragile States Index from 2008 up to and including 2013. In the light of this well-known situation Mariam never thought she would not be believed but, faced with demands for documents she hadn't got, she was refused asylum and was unable to bring her children to safety. She has been in limbo ever since.
This International Women's Day she launched a website for asylum seekers to tell their stories and published this overview of the difficulties of asylum seekers like herself.
This material is part of the Covid Chronicles from the Margins project, funded by The Open University and The Hague. The project aims to highlight the impact of the pandemic on refugees, asylum seekers & undocumented migrants.