Sarah O'Connor died on Sunday 16th of September at the age of 57 years old. She was a victim of and campaigner for the rights of the Windrush Generation , who have been victims of the hostile immigration environment. Find out more about Sarah's life here .
Her daughter Stephanie shared this with us: "I recently took her to the Lake District for a few days after all she had been through for a break and this was taken there. Despite all she had been through and how sometimes wanted to give up she still always found a reason to smile. She was so bubbly and the bravest woman I know. This is how I want to remember her. She always wanted to go back to Jamaica or on a holiday to Hawaii but as she couldn’t get a passport this dream unfortunately didn’t happen and by the time she could apply for one it was too late! I hate how I will never get to see her go abroad which is why I want to scatter her ashes in Jamaica or Hawaii. Somewhere hot, where she can rest in peace something that she couldn’t do in life. After everything she has done and been through she deserves that! I’m so proud of the woman she was and the people she touched. I will carry on the fight for her as I know she would want that."
It is unjust for the government to expect a traumatised community to design a scheme caused by their own wrong doing. It is clear that a number of the victims of the Windrush Scandal are worried that the government has no intention to meet the principles of restorative justice recognised by UK and international law. Sadly Theresa May and Sajid Javid instead wants to create a pound shop compensation scheme which will not reflect the emotional and financial lost caused by the hostile environment and further undermine the value and contribution particularly of British people of Caribbean heritage.
Thus, I have launched a new petition which I hope all parliamentarians across all the political parties will advocate again for the Windrush Generation and their children to get the compensation scheme they deserve, otherwise there will be numerous legal actions in the courts which the tax payer and the victims of this major tragedy will loss out with additional suffering and trauma.
Let's do this for Sarah O'Connor, Dexter Bristol, those who were deported illegally by the government and died in the Caribbean and every one who has been affected by the hostile immigration environment.