Wednesday, 25 November 2009
I am ashamed to live in a country that locks up children.
Friends in Cranhill have been hugely distressed at the detention of Florence and Precious (10) Mhango, first in Dungavel and then Yarls Wood near London, and now there is the anxiety of waiting to find out if they will get to return to Glasgow or not. After more than six years here Precious is a Scot in language and culture, if not by right. I am not a fan of the current fast track asylum system, however at least it works faster than this decision. I am ashamed to live in a country that locks up children. I’m told that following her previous detention two or three months ago Precious went from having been a bright cheerful and chatty child to being almost mute. We need to stop this now.