From a person in Brook House IRC:
They deal with us well here, but detention is bad.
When you put an asylum seeker in prison its difficult.
We are on hunger strike, because we need to know why they deported our friends today. 12 people, now they are homeless.
We feel sorry about our friends who were detained and taken to Spain, we received a call from them, they say that the government doesn’t give them accommodation or support, they will sleep in the street. They will sleep rough, there is no support, they are homeless.
That happened today, and because of that we are on food strike. Thirty people.
Maybe half us have been on food strike already for 15 days – they have lost more than 10 kilos of weight.
We will be on strike until we are released, because we are not criminals, we are not dangerous.
We are just asylum seekers.
They put us in a room, they close the door from 9pm till 9am, inside the room. 7 people tried to commit suicide during the past month. So when we hear that about our friends, committing suicide and being deported to live on the streets, its bad news, we are frustrated, we can’t sleep.
So maybe 80% of us have psychological problems – lack of sleep, no appetite.
Some of them said that ‘had we known that we’d be put in prison we’d prefer to die in our country than to claim asylum’.
There is no dignity here for a human.
We will be patient until we see what will happen. Everyone waits for his destiny. We don’t know if they will deport us or release us, we don’t know. And deporting is not an easy decision to take, it changes a life. It changes life. It takes way dignity. Someone lives in peace, and they make them homeless. I’s too much to handle. Can you imagine that, 12 people who were sent today to Spain, they beg just for a blanket to sleep, and no-one gives it them.
I ask my friends every day in the morning: ‘is it to reach this life that I jeopardised my soul and my money, coming by the sea?’ – it was so dangerous for everyone to reach here. We already faced such a bad and harsh life in our country, so to face it more here is something difficult.
That’s our story.