Abiodun's claim for asylum was refused and she is under threat of being deported at any time. If she applies for a judicial review, which costs £648, she may be able to appeal and stay in the UK.
Abiodun moved from Nigeria to the UK 12 years ago. She is 60 years old. She has been living independently with her son in Brixton; working, paying her rent and taking him to school. She has settled in to the UK and now regards it as her real home.
While working as a cleaner she had a bad fall which resulted in extremely painful back problems which have persisted, and for which she needs medication. If deported to Nigeria she would not be able to afford the treatment that she needs. During her stay at Yarls Wood her condition has deteriorated. It is very cold and they have only given her a small nightgown to sleep in. This means she frequently has sleepless nights. The stress created in the dention centre has made it a difficult 3 months for Abiodun. She also hasn't been able to see her son for this time, which is hard for both of them.
This woman has worked hard in this country for the past twelve years to make a better life for her and her son without relying on anyone. However, she has been subjected to mental and physical pain because of our detention centres. Now her claim for asylum has been refused she doesn't have the money for a judicial review, which is her only chance of staying here and not being separated from her son. Any money you can give would help her reach the £648 she needs to do this. Thank you so much.