I came to this country 15 years ago. I have 2 children here. I had just been to visit my family in Brazil and on my way back I was detained in Pembroke for one week, and then moved here, to Yarl’s Wood.
In here you have to stay in one room. You can only go out to eat, which is twice a day. You can’t go out or speak on the phone properly as people are always listening. Plenty of the girls here do not speak to their family and cannot afford to buy food.
You can’t have family visit because for them to come here you have to make an appointment and for some this is very difficult. And there is no way for you to see your child.
Some girls are here for 2 years and don’t move. Only to eat. 4 girls here have mental conditions.
Please help these people.
It is horrible here.
Some don’t speak very good English. People search your bag when you arrive. You can bring only pants, no clothes here.
It is like a prison.
The food here is horrible. No dogs would eat it.
It’s very cold here.
There is one room for two girls. Plus, some girls have bad health. No one comes to help them as they can’t speak English.
Some girls don’t have money to eat, and they aren’t able to get in touch with family. Some girls here don’t know how to get a solicitor and don’t have money so can’t access help.
We are being controlled by officers for 24 hours. Controlled. Everything is controlled.