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Wednesday, November 10, 2004

UK: bishop 'scandalised' by treatment of asylum seekers

from Ekklesia:

The Bishop of Lancaster has said that asylum seekers are "living in appalling circumstances" and that he was "scandalised" upon his recent visit to one asylum centre.

Patrick O’Donoghue's comments came as he welcomed a report which says that refugee children are suffering distress and health problems in Government detention centres.
Bishop O’Donoghue said: “I welcome this timely report which reveals a situation that is all too common. Asylum seekers in detention and in the community are living in appalling circumstances. Only last week I visited a church-run centre in Liverpool for refugee mothers waiting to hear the results of asylum appeals.

“I met about 25 women. Some of them had young children and some were pregnant. I was scandalised hearing some of the stories they had to tell of the poverty and pressures they are living under.

“One mother described how immigration authorities had swooped on her home in the middle of night, taking away one member of her family in handcuffs.”

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