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The Assylum Seeker.

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The Assylum Seeker. By Z.yao My name is Ali and I come from Libya . After a week of roughing it on a empty carriage of a cargo train and then hiding on the deck of a fishing trawler I had arrived in England. Cold, frightened and hungry though I was, I had still made it! For the first time in many years a smile revisited my face. As a man and woman accompanied by two children, strolled past, that moment of triumph quickly passed and soon was replaced with a great sadness for the family that I had left back in Libya. My wife and my two children, how were they coping? what were they doing at this moment? A yawning pit of dread opened inside me as I walked down the ramps and through the docks. I was climbing the ladder of uncertainty. Countless questions swirled in my mind none of which I had the answer to. Were the people here friendly? Were they going to accept me, but most importantly would all my efforts bear fruit? ...read more.


This was a regular occurance in Libya, but here as well? Only later that night in a county jail cell, (a jail cell which was warm and dry!) was it made clear to me that the man who had handcuffed me was a police officer. That night I was given food and water and there was actually meat! Along with filling bread which smelled so delicious, Mmmmmm. I had never been so grateful in my life for this and ate with great care. The next day I was interrogated agonisingly. 'Me seek a-ssylum.' I said quickly. 'Ok, ok.' said the officer reassuringly. 'What is your name?' 'Me Ali.' I managed to stutter in broken English. 'Where do you come from?' asked the officer slowly. Repeating the question again, 'W-h-e-r-e-d-o-y-o-u-c-o-m-e-f-r-o--m-? After a long pause, 'I---- I--I, I c-ccome from Li-b-y-a.' I said struggling. 'Do you have any identification?' asked the officer patiently. I shrugged helplessly, 'Me see-eek ass-y--lum.' I said again. At that moment the officer motioned to someone behind the door. ...read more.


'Please, there is no element of freedom in our lives, my family works for a 14 hour day and still find it hard to buy the basic necessary essentials. Most importantly we see no future for our children, they need to focus on their education but they can't, seeing as they have to work aswell as study in order for us to have enough money to live on. Rita who is ten years old wears the clothes that her sister has grown out of since we cannot afford new clothes. Neither I nor my wife want this life for our children.' Slumping into my chair drained, I waited for the translator to translate what I had just said. The home office official stood up to make his decision, I tensed..... As I stepped back into the fresh air I breathed out deeply. Being preoccupied with worry and anticipation, I became aware of the surroundings which I didn't notice before, the flowers, the line of trees and towering buildings in the distance. This was a world apart from where I had grown up. I would lay down a new life here. Now to get my family through. ...read more.

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