“It was a nightmare, wasn’t good at all. According to the Home Office, they can come and take you away but you can’t say no. They can take you anywhere they want to, because the moment you say no, they can put you in detention. So they can take you were they want to. So they take me to Manchester.”
Paul is a refugee now. He left his home in East Africa when he was 30 and travelled to the UK. He did not want to leave his family, but he knew that if he stayed behind he would die.
In this interview, recorded for the Castaway Heritage project, Ayah talks to Paul about his life as an asylum seeker and a refugee in the UK.