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Zimbabwe Silence’s Story


Our 2010 AGM stated that asylum is a human right


The situation is still as volatile yet the Home Offi ce continue to send mixed messages about whether it sees Zimbabwe as safe or not.


“My mother is still there and my two sisters are there. My mother lives in the countryside now. In 2008 she had to run away for several months because she was targeted. To be honest I’m afraid for everybody, not just my family. Right now the violence is spontaneous. At the moment Zimbabwe is gearing up to become a war zone.


We’ve been helping refugees gain protection since 1985


“I never, ever imagined I’d be here this long. I’d packed my suitcase all those years ago and said well, I’ll just go to study. I thought I’d get a better qualifi cation and then go back to help develop my country. But I never thought things would deteriorate the way they did. My son was born here, he’s now nine years old. He wants to go home but at the moment we have to tell him it’s not possible…


“The challenges refugees are facing now are very different from what they were in 1951, when the Refugee Convention was created. But being able to access protection is still very important. I may be OK but I am just one person. There are millions of people back in Zimbabwe and other parts of Africa who still need help.”


Read more about Silence’s story on our website, www.scottishrefugeecouncil.org.uk/refugeestories


Or read more about Silence’s lobby group Africa Good Governance Lobby on their website, www.agglg.com


Annual Review 2010 Scottish Refugee Council


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