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Diane Abbott and Shami Chakrabarti visit Yarl’s Wood and BRASS

Diane Abbott and Shami Chakrabarti visited Bedford on 23rd February to see for themselves conditions at Yarl's Wood. Afterwards Diane Abbott met the press and other organisations at BRASS and talked to our staff about their work. Diane had waited over a year for permission to visit. She said she was shocked by what she had seen at the detention centre and would be asking the Home Secretary, Amber Rudd, about the conditions she saw. See the Guardian's report for further information. https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/feb/23/yarls-wood-women-feel-desperate-says-diane-abbott

Detention in the UK – key facts

Between July 2016 and June 2017, 27,819 people were detained by the Home Office for immigration purposes. 85% of people detained during that time were male. At the end of June 2017, nearly 3,000 people were being held in an Immigration Removal Centre. More than half of those people had been locked up for longer than 28 days 271 people had been in an immigration detention centre for more than six months One man had been in detention for 1,514 days – well over four years The UK is the only country in Europe that does not have a maximum time limit on how long someone can be detained. These key facts were taken from a briefing paper to be found on the Detention Forum website: https://detentionfo

Success for Hanine

Hanine's family are one of the first Syrian families who arrived in Bedford under the resettlement programme. Hanine has received her second Reading Challenge certificate in the span of two months. She feels extremely proud of her achievements and her parents are delighted with her involvement at school. Goldington Green Academy is following very closely both Hanine and her brother Abudi in their progress.

Art at home with one of our Syrian families

Nadia Laribi invited our BRASS volunteer art tutor Sumana and her son Alex to visit to one of our Syrian families who happens to live in their neighborhood. The kids enjoyed Sumana's art demonstration and were very keen on showing their own talent.

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