In Uganda I was active in opposition politics at a grassroots level: working in my village, helping women to know their rights and teaching them reading and writing. I was imprisoned twice. The horror that I experienced in there, you wouldn’t wish that on anyone, not even your enemy. I was tortured, I was raped, I was burnt with cigarettes, I was cut with razors, electric shocks: all the horrible things you can think of to get information from someone.
Eventually I escaped and came to England. It was scary but I’d been in this torture for some time, and I just wanted to be able to breathe fresh air again. I was refused asylum. It took 6 long years to fight my case through the courts until I was finally given leave to remain. I would like the Home Office to say sorry for getting it wrong and putting me through that long period of waiting; the anxiety and the fear were so terrible.