Ramelle is more than a refugee. She’s a graduate. She’s a carer. She’s your friend or neighbour, or someone you pass on the street. And here is the story she’s never told you.
Not once did I think I’d ever lack food or a place to sleep.
Back home, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, I grew up in very good conditions. I went to the best of schools and received the best education.
Despite what others tend to think about Africa, I did not live in the trees. I was not starving or lacking clothes.
I didn’t even know what asylum was until I got to the UK and heard that word for the first time. I just kept telling the Home Office my story, explaining how desperate I was to find my family – urging them to help me.
Homeless and traumatised
People think that we risk our lives to come here for a better life. Just the other week, I had to explain to a colleague that asylum seekers do not run for economic reasons – they are running for safety. Whenever a volatile situation starts in the world, then people will flee.
We are more desperate to save our lives than find money. More