A mother has been found dead at home in Glasgow lying next to her starving young baby
The body of mother Mercy Baguma was found lifeless by police with her one-year-old baby boy crying by her side and clearly malnourished.
The heartbreaking scene was discovered after the mother’s friends reported they had not heard from her since Tuesday, August 18.
Mercy, originally from Uganda, is reported to have lost her job after her limited leave to remain expired and she was no longer allowed to work abiding by UK immigration laws.
A statement from Positive Action in Housing, a homelessness and human rights organisation, says Mercy was living in “extreme poverty” and had claimed asylum.
The organisation said the mother, who was in her thirties adored her son who was found weakened from starvation and was rushed to hospital after being found at the tragic scene.
The baby son was released from the hospital yesterday and is now being cared for by its Father whilst he also seeks asylum from another country.
It’s reported, since losing her employment the desperate now-deceased mother hand been living on food handouts from friends before the gruesome find, at present the actual cause of death remains unknown until a full autopsy is carried out.
Robina Qureshi, Director of Positive Action in Housing said: “This is the third tragedy to affect the city’s refugee population in as many months. Mercy contacted our charity on August 11 and said she was not getting any financial support yet had made an application to MigrantHelp”
“Had she lived she would have been a high priority for a crisis payment from our Emergency Relief Fund like hundreds of others left functionally destitute by the asylum system.”
“The question remains, why are mothers and babies being left to go hungry in this city, why is it being left to charities and volunteers to pick up the pieces? Does society have anything to say about that other than call them a drain on society?
“The fact is there is no safety net if you’re a refugee or migrant. You are left destitute and without resources. And your left silenced by far-right rhetoric for being forced to ask for help.”
“Would this mother be alive if she was not forced out of her job by this cruel system that stops you from working and paying your way because a piece of paper says your leave to remain has expired? I’m sure Mercy’s son will want to ask this and other questions once he is old enough.”
Robina Qureshi continued: “All our efforts since Lockdown began have been focused on trying to help people just survive and retain hope.
“Home Office asylum policy has created unimaginable hardship for refugees and migrant households in this city.
“People are literally depressed – and the system seems designed to break spirits. It’s a matter of when – not if – the next tragedy occurs and this reinforces our resolve for a public inquiry and get rid of any pretence that the Home Office wants to find out the pain it’s causing with its evaluation which seven Glasgow MPs are now boycotting.
“We demand a public inquiry and Mercy’s death to be investigated alongside Adnan Walid Elbi and the Park Inn tragedy and the deadly accommodation crisis created by Mears insensitive hotel moves.
“We call on the Church of Scotland and all of civic society to support our call for an independent public inquiry.”
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