The UK’s asylum system should identify those in need of protection and ensure they're able to rebuild their lives in safety. Too often, though, people seeking asylum are disbelieved and dismissed by the very system set up to help them.

The people featured on this microsite – created in 2020 – were tortured for their sexuality, speaking out against corruption, or simply being of a different ethnicity. Forced to flee, they came to the UK seeking sanctuary. All were rejected by the Home Office after their asylum interview.

The interview lasted around 5 hours. I was incredibly tired and, even with an interpreter, I didn’t understand all the questions. I was only offered one break.

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