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Press Statement

We have a clear policy that we do not speak to the press on behalf of any of the womxn that we support however, we are happy to have a constructive conversation about the inhumane hostile environment, the unjust asylum system and the reparations work that we do for communities that continue to be harmed by the state, including a call to defund the carceral profit-driven immigration system.

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Naggayi Angella andher  children

Fundraiser for Naggayi Angella’s young children

“In life, we love you dearly, in death we love you still, in our hearts you hold a place no one will ever fill.” Annmarie Yiga, daughter 12 years

“Mummy was a nice caring person who loved me so much.” John Jeremiah Mugisha, son 8 years

We, the friends and family of Naggayi Angella ‘Grace’, from across the world in Kampala, Glasgow, London, Ireland, Canada have set up this fundraising appeal on behalf of her two beloved children, Annmarie and John. We mourn the loss of our Amazing Grace, our soul sister and spiritual guide to COVID-19. Angella was a devoted mummy to her two loving children who now walk alone, their heads held high, strong in their faith and always guided by the bright light of her deep love.

Angella was a trainee Mental Health nurse studying at Edinburgh Napier University and worked in Community Integrated Care. She qualified with a social science degree from Nkumba University. Before that she was a professional who worked in the Insurance sector in Kampala. Angella was an active member of her church congregations as spiritual director and one of the founders of the St Padre Pio prayer group in Croydon.  Annmarie sums up her mother’s life with these words ‘I love everything about her and miss everything about her. I love how she always took time to squeeze in her faith no matter how tired she was.”

Angella was a single mum with no family in the UK; and she relished every moment of her motherly responsibility with utmost dedication. She made a trail of memorable friends among children, young people and adults, touching lives and making true friends wherever she went. Angella’s only wish until she slipped into a coma two weeks ago was for her children to be happy and successful.

Please join us to help the children fulfil their Mum’s last wish to be buried at her ancestral home in Uganda and give them some financial security to fortify their uncertain journey ahead.

Further details:

Angella left her children with a friend, a single mother with two children of her own. We have been supporting her for a couple of months. She reached out to us when Angella was unwell. Angella entrusted the care of her children to this friend and named her as next of kin. We are continuing to support her and the children through this difficult time.

We have also been in constant communication with Angella’s family, her church groups and the Ugandan community in Glasgow, London, Ireland and Canada to develop the GoFundMe page and arrange how the funds can be used in the best interest of the children.

We have spoken to Angella’s priest in the local church who is making the funeral arrangements to repatriate the body and arrange funeral rites. This is estimated to cost £6000. The remaining money will be transferred to a trust fund in the name of the children. Until this is arranged, all the money raised will be kept in our charity bank account and ring-fenced for the children. We are currently in the process of arranging a lawyer specialising in Wills and Estates in Scotland to set up this trust fund. 

We thank you in advance for your kindness and generosity. 

From 10-24 July, GSFF is proud to present DIVE IN Cinema, a two-week online screening series co-programmed by a cohort of Scottish independent exhibitors and film festivals. 

DIVE IN Cinema offers a mixture of features and short films across fiction, documentary and experimental work, as well as a few filmmaker conversations. Each screening is programmed by one of the contributing exhibitors and is available on demand for UK audiences for 48 hours, with a new programme released at 10am every day.

All screenings are FREE to view within the UK, however GSFF is collecting donations for Scottish charities The Unity Centre and Ubuntu Women Shelter. The Unity Centre provides advice and support to asylum seekers and migrants in Scotland. Ubuntu Women Shelter is a Glasgow-based charity that provides emergency accommodation needs for women with no recourse to public funds. There is a payment link to donate when you enter the hub.

Screenings are captioned for D/deaf and Hard of Hearing audiences. Content notes per film will be listed on the online platform as appropriate.

DIVE IN Cinema is a collaboration between Africa in Motion, Alchemy Film & Arts, Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival, Central Scotland Documentary Festival, Dardishi, GSFF, IberoDocs, LUX Scotland, Matchbox Cineclub, Scottish Queer International Film Festival, Screen Argyll and Take One Action.

Programme

UNTIED Updates

It has been reported by people within the hotel that they are only being offered ibuprofen and sleeping tablets instead of mental health support – this is unacceptable.

We have seen first-hand how the absence of sustained, trauma- informed support compounds the trauma of womxn already hurt by state violence in their home countries, who are then re-traumatised by the inhumane asylum system and its engrained racialized logic that enforced destitution will incentivize voluntary returns.

In our direct support we have witnessed signs of asylum process related trauma. We believe this is part of a complex and multifaceted individual response and reaction to their life situations, and it is largely attributable to an asylum process designed to question their credibility and undermine their lived experience at every stage.

As part of our UNTIED (Ubuntu New Trauma-Informed Destitution support) programme, we are offering psychosocial support with our in-house licensed counsellor for the womxn residing in the hotel.

Please contact us for more information if you or anyone you know (womxn only) is in need of mental health support or contact our counsellor directly at jude.ubuntu_counselling@yahoo.com or call to find out more at +44 7543 491900

Image from the BLM Matter protest at Glasgow Green, Sunday 7th June 2020.

Shelter poem

Two years and counting.

For us shelter is a present continuous verb…not a noun. As migrant women our specialism is to carve out safe spaces of transient belonging for women with no recourse to public funds. 

Ubuntu is a group of us who have got together to put in our labour to sustain safe spaces of transient belonging for our guests who come across borders.  This city welcomes our guests with cold streets, grey skies, fear and precarity. Ubuntu offers another welcome.

Statement on The Hostile Environment and Pandemic

Our statement on the Hostile Environment & the pandemic:

 

Over the last eight years, the enforcement of Hostile Environment policies by the UK Home Office has ‘successfully’ demeaned, isolated and impoverished migrants (of any status). This finely tuned enforcement apparatus now combined with self-isolation and pervasive fear opens up stark choices for destitute womxn with no recourse to public funds – police brutality on the streets or the brutality that comes from being locked up with sexual predators, without bank accounts or disposable incomes womxn with families are choosing to ration scarce food supplies, starve or risk infecting their households with trips to empty food banks.

Let us not forget that even before Covid -19, hostile environment policies- indefinite detention and deportations – were designed to contain the contagion these ‘illegals’ and ‘aliens’ would bring to our neighbourhoods and cities. The logic of this policy was that if we treated migrants with dignity, gave them rights to decent housing, bank accounts, rights to work and access to free healthcare, education, public funds while their claims were being considered they would refuse to leave. What we have seen is that the intended consequence of the policy was instead to create a precarious, racialized underclass with womxn bearing the brunt of the draconian imperatives of this state policy.

Over the last few days we have seen how the Scottish Parliament’s bureaucratic delays in rolling out a clear destitution response to COVID-19 means councils can brush off responsibility for housing and feeding womxn with no recourse to public funds despite the obvious public health and safety issues. This institutional inertia has a daily human cost as womxn with little or no resources struggle to find their next piece of food and a safe place to avoid infection, sexual predation and violence.

In the eighth largest economy on the planet we demand to know where are our safe spaces, our community housing projects, our communal food kitchens to prevent hunger, starvation, disease, sexual abuse and violence, destitution and death? Why do our fellow human beings have to depend on the fickle, self-interested charitable handouts of supermarket conglomerates and why is food, secure accommodation and dignity still not a human right irrespective of immigration status?

As another night falls we stay on our phones whispering, reassuring the womxn at the other end of the line as she hides in a corner somewhere, praying that this will be the night when she can safely close her eyes and dream of a better world. This is unacceptable!

We demand an immediate end to the Hostile Environment policy

 

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