#JusticeforMercy Improve support and human rights for refugees in Scotland
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On the 22 August 2020, Mercy Baguma, a refugee from Uganda was found dead, next to her baby, in her flat by the police after friends hadn't heard from her. It has been reported that Mercy had been living in extreme poverty after losing her job after her limited leave to remain expired, and she was no longer allowed to work and had to rely on charities and friends for food.
Currently, refugees are only given £37.75 per person a week, and this is only after the long and gruelling process of applying for asylum, which leaves the most vulnerable financially destitute. Pregnant people and people with a child between ages 1 and 3 get an extra £3 a week, and people with a child under 1 y/o get an extra £5 a week. These are ridiculous and unlivable amounts. Couple this with not being legally allowed to work and it's easy to see how many people like Mercy have lost their lives to the horrendous system which is leave to remain.
This is the third tragic incident related to refugees in Glasgow the past month, and all are caused by a core issue - lack of support. This petition calls on the Scottish Parliament and UK Government to give more support, medical and financial, to the refugees living here so that tragic, easily preventable cases like Mercy's, do not occur again. It should not be left up to charities which have extensive waiting lists already to instil basic human rights and show compassion.
Please donate to Mercy Baguma's GoFundMe: https://www.gofundme.com/f/mercy-baguma039s-furneal-fund
News article: https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/18673648.mercy-baguma-mum-found-dead-beside-baby-glasgow-flat/
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