“WE FEEL VOICELESS, FORGOTTEN AND IGNORED,” SAY THE WOMEN OF YARL’S WOOD. “WE WILL NOT EAT UNTIL WE ARE FREE”
These are the words of 120 women currently on hunger strike in Yarl’s Wood, protesting against the inhumane conditions in which they are detained.
Many of the people we work with have been sent to Yarl’s Wood, one of the most notorious detention centres in the UK.
It is used to hold people, for “administrative purposes” related to their immigration status. These women are not criminals, most are fleeing conflict and are asking for asylum and yet they are held – indefinitely – in an institution that is essentially a prison.
The women are protesting against the fundamental injustices of indefinite detention, of families being ripped apart and of innocent people being deprived of their liberty.
Here are some things you can do to support them:
– Sign the Petition – calling on the Home Office to grant the demands of Yarl’s Wood strikers: https://you.38degrees.org.uk/…/grant-demands-of-hungerforfr…
– Send a letter to your MP outlining what the strikers are calling for. Use this template: https://docs.google.com/…/1TLXWmspL1ZGdGo8ptiKgM7luSyC…/edit
– Tweet Solidarity photos – tweet, retweet and share photos holding signs of support for Yarl’s Wood strikers, and share using hashtag #HUNGERFORFREEDOM
You can find their stories here: https://detainedvoices.com/