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Page Hall, Sheffield

“Lockdown was tough. It was really, really tough. Like, you struggle to even feed sometimes, but you just keep pushing. I’m that kind of person, I’m really contented. Because you just keep hoping, keep praying, keep doing stuff, just living. But at the end of the day, finally the glory comes.

Sometimes you just run out of food. Friends are like, ‘Can you have this?’ Then you have to limit how you feed. You won’t eat breakfast, you won’t eat lunch, you wait towards dinner, so you just wait. But what are you going to do? First of all, you’re hungry. Secondly, you fear to have COVID. They ask you to keep faith, like regular exercise, so you’ll just be doing exercise in your room. Because they were saying the majority of people is going to have it, there’s no way you’re going to escape it. But are you going to survive when you don’t have access to a hospital like everyone else? So you’d be very careful.” 

Did you get any more support from the government during this period, waiting for your asylum claim?

“No, no I didn’t have. I start having support from ASSIST, City of Sanctuary and what they call Red Cross. They helped me a lot.”

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