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Florence and Precious belong to Glasgow


Continuing the Malawi theme, unhealthy Politician Anne McLaughlin tells the moving story of asylum seekers Florence Mhango and her ten year old daughter Precious in the Caledonian Mercury.

Florence and her daughter Precious (now 10) originally came to the UK seven years ago with Florence's husband, seek but they separated after escalating incidents of domestic violence. They fled and settled in  Glasgow, with help from Women's Aid, but are sadly set to be deported after recently losing a judicial review of their asylum case.The father's family have stated their intention to lay claim to Precious whenever they arrive back in Malawi. The patriarchal legal system, and tribal traditions, will offer little protection from separation of mother and daughter, and Precious could lose her schooling and even face forced marriage, something to which Florence says her husband's family subscribe.

There is growing support for the energetic campaign to keep them in their adopted home city, with positive coverage from the Glasgow Evening Times, which is great to see from the media on an asylum issue. The family have already spent time in a detention centre twice and it is hoped they are not put through this again before any appeal is submitted. 

The developing story can also be followed on the blog of Anne McLaughlin MSP which is worth a read.

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