My name is Juliet Jaryan Kollie, I am 44 years old and originally from Liberia. I have been detained in Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre since August 2016.
I have been in the UK for 21 years now. I left my home country of Liberia because, as a bisexual, I would have been persecuted and my life would have been in danger if anybody found out.
Living in the UK has not always been easy and I will be the first to admit that I haven't always made the best choices. In 2011, I fell in with a bad group of people. They manipulated and threatened me and as a consequence I made some bad decisions, so I was convicted and given a hefty sentence.
I have served my sentence for my crime. I want a second chance to prove myself to the community. I have learnt from my mistakes and I shouldn't be punished again for my crime.
However, instead of being released back into society, the Home Office have accused me of being somebody that I am not and as such have imprisoned me in Yarl’s Wood IRC. Based on their accusations, they are trying to deport me to Mauritius, a country that I have no connection to.
I have suffered from serious mental health conditions and have been hospitalised for this in the past. Being locked up in detention will not be good for me because of this, I am really struggling.
As a result of the last few years my health has deteriorated. For many years I have suffered from PTSD9 Post traumatic stress disorder) a condition that has been with me since I fled Liberia in fear of my life. The dread of the unknown and not knowing what lies ahead has only intensified my symptoms of flashbacks, nightmares and insomnia are a regular occurrence. I always suffer from physical sensations this leaves me in constant pain causing me to sweat violently and dripping in sweat and heart palpitations.
I fear the long term physical and emotionally affect this will have on my health. As a result makes me depressed as I see no light at the end of the tunnel. I live in constant fear of what the future holds as I carry a great of guilt and sadness from my past. This leaves me feeling drained, intolerant of others and always longing to be alone.
The darkness floods me like a long lost friend. Sometimes I feel nothing but emptiness.
All funds raised will be used for all ongoing counselling / therapy Juliet will need to deal with her past trauma, experiences, all ongoing treatment in the future to make the transition back into society.
I have concrete evidence to prove the above and all the documents can be provided upon request.
Please sign the petition to call on Amber Rudd to release Juliet from Immigration detention while her asylum case is ongoing. No one is free until we are all free!
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link to our petition: https://www.change.org/p/amber -rudd-mp-free-juliet-kollie
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