Michel and Angeline’s story

Michel* shares his experience; “I left Guinea because I was prosecuted and jailed three times. My fault was because of my political opinions as I am a member of the first opposition force party. I was acting as a member of the medical staff of the party to treat people injured during the protests against the government in our clinic and training the youth generation in the party about first aid in emergency circumstances. Two of my teammate and friends were murdered by the authority secret agent.

I waited about 9 months to have an interview and then 2 months for the result nearly one year to get asylum.

The hardest thing about being apart was worrying about the safety of my family in Guinea, the uncertainties about my asylum situation, the loneliness, and you never know if you will be able to meet your family any more in the future. You are not the driver of your situation you are a passenger. When I was granted refugee  our first priority was how to make our reunion possible. It was so hard and a long way to go. Fortunately your assistance arrived at time and that made a big jump for us. We couldn’t say thank you enough.

Angeline was excited at first, then stressed, but the journey went well and she arrived easier than she expected, so she is very happy now. It was an amazing and unforgettable moment for us; rich in emotion. We hugged each other and cried and then laughed at the airport on her arrival.

Our future plan in the UK is to fund a family, get back to our respective professions, spend lovely time together and do everything we can for this nation which is giving us safety and freedom.

I would say thank you for your assistance and everything you are doing for people in need you are the best.”

Angeline* tells us; “I am very happy to be back with my husband and to start a new stage in our life together. I will never stop thanking you for making this meeting possible. Thank you very much.”

*Names have been changed to protect the identity of the family