Nevada's Story

Nevada is 35 and from West Africa. She has been living in Glasgow for ten years, has been in and out of detention centres across the UK, and has recently had her support cut again. She has found strength in faith and volunteering in her community.

I’m thankful for everything because I am still here.

My friends who have been in detention have mostly been deported. Some have been granted asylum, some are dead. I’m still here, still struggling. I have friends who have told me they would end everything if they’d been through this, but I still have faith. I’m a believer that things happen for a reason but it’s hard.

All of my asylum procedures were not properly dealt with. I have been in detention not once, not twice, not three times. Since 2010 I have been unable to work or study. My friends here have gained their PhDs, their Masters, are married with families.

I can’t even get into relationships. I have this fear, that if people know about my situation that they will run away from me. I don’t have the courage for that. I can only focus on my education, but I can’t even do that because I’ve been out of the education system too long.  

I’m 36 this month, nearly 40. I came here when I was a young woman. I was living a happy life. I was married then. Then tragically, my husband died, and my life was turned upside down.

By now I should have my degree, I should have a family. I should be a family woman now, look at me. Still here, stuck in one place for ten good years. What have I achieved? What have I achieved?