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Moving Through The System [Sep. 16th, 2009|10:11 am]
Tony Grist
They've put Odi in a groundfloor bedsit in a South Manchester street that- the plaque says- was regenerated in 2004. The road has been chopped into sections to calm the cars and all the turn-of-the century houses have had their faces scrubbed and their windows replaced. There's a park at one end of the street and a church I nearly served in at the other. Halfway down there's a mosque with a miniature, gaily-painted minaret. 

We walked to the park. It has a wildflower meadow and a nicely maintained play area where Odi, Fabrizio and I rode the swings. There are local shops- and Hume High Street is within walking distance. Odi bought a saucpan in Asda and some frozen goats feet and other foodstuffs at a market stall.  

Odi's case worker, a Jamaican guy called Errol, was chasing after her yesterday to give her £30 emergency money- and she has an interview this morning with someone from the Refugee Support Network. I can't keep track of all the agencies that are hovering round her, but between them they seem to be getting the job done.
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From: tf_1
2009-09-16 10:42 am (UTC)

I wonder whether they really split up, or just wanted to get the free house and free money like your Pakistani former aquaintance?
Sorry, my cynical side shines through :P
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2009-09-16 10:53 am (UTC)
No, this is a genuine rift. She's moved from a house to a bedsit- and has gained nothing- except her freedom from him. Besides this could seriously screw their application for asylum.

It's perfectly possible they could get back together again. I rather hope they don't. My experience is that once a relationship is this badly damaged there's no point in trying to stick it back together.
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[User Picture]From: saare_snowqueen
2009-09-16 02:50 pm (UTC)
Sounds good. I hope they keep it up and that everything works out OK for her.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2009-09-17 08:38 am (UTC)
Cheers!
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[User Picture]From: daisytells
2009-09-16 05:28 pm (UTC)
Three cheers to the UK for helping the single Mom!
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2009-09-17 08:38 am (UTC)
Hip, hip hooray X3 :)
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[User Picture]From: veronica_milvus
2009-09-16 09:44 pm (UTC)
Do you have any idea what went wrong between them? Is it possible they might be able to resolve it with counselling?

What will happen to their refugee status? Would they have to go back to wherever just because of their split?
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2009-09-17 08:41 am (UTC)
It's domestic- the usual sort of thing. Counselling is certainly an option.

I've no idea how this affects their asylum claim. He's the one under direct threat so the authorities might consider it safe for her to return if she's no longer with him.

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