Asylum seeker mother who spoke against G4S faces eviction

Cha Matty, an asylum seeker mother, and whistle-blower on the G4S Stockton mother and baby hostel, faces eviction and punishment for speaking out for her rights and those of her one-year-old, South Yorkshire Migration and Asylum Action Group has said.

The UK Border Agency have ended financial and housing support and G4S and their agent Jomast Developments are evicting mother and baby tomorrow, Wednesday 23rd January 2013.

Cha gave damning evidence about the Stockton hostel to a panel of MPs convened by the Children’s Society and Sarah Teather MP in November last year.

She spoke to the Guardian and a conference of Women Refugees in Bradford. Her reward, South Yorkshire Migration and Asylum Action Group said, is victimisation by the UK Border Agency and G4S.

Cha knows something about housing and the needs of children. She worked in housing and has a first class UK Social Science Degree but claimed asylum because she was unable to return safely to her home country Zimbabwe, and the terror regime of Robert Mugabe.

South Yorkshire Migration and Asylum Action Group said the UK Border Agency intimidates any asylum seekers who speak out and challenge their regime which is intended to make the lives of asylum seekers and their children so difficult that it will put off any more intending asylum seekers coming here. Cha and her child are in the UK legally – simply seeking safety from the Mugabe regime.

G4S seem happy to back up this policy, and they have done it before, South Yorkshire Migration and Asylum Action Group said. In June last year an African asylum seeker and her ill baby were dumped in a dangerous flat in Doncaster by the housing partner of G4S, United Property Management (UPM).

The UK Border Agency inspectors condemned the flat but because the woman involved campaigners and the press in her plight she was left in the flat for six dangerous weeks until Doncaster Council forced G4S to move her.

Cha is determined to fight for her human rights and those of her child. She hopes Stockton Council will shame the UK Border Agency and G4S by rescuing her from the streets, giving them a roof over their heads. Cha is determined to fight to get back the tiny financial support (£78 per week) she has been receiving for herself and her one-year-old for food, nappies and essential baby supplies.

Please click here to sign this petition to local MP James Wharton to protest Cha's eviction.