Malka's claim for asylum was refused by the Home Office. Then her appeal was refused by an Immigration Judge who did not believe that as a single woman known to the authorities and militia as a political activist, who no longer wore a hijab, would be at risk if she returned to her country of origin. Despite a period of indefinite detention, being moved across the country and her deteriorating mental and physical health, Malka has volunteered for several refugee support organisations, interpreting for others seeking asylum and fundraising over £2,600 through her exquisite book Birds without Sky poems from exile .
Further threats to Malka resulted in a second claim for humanitarian protection and her ongoing health issues combined with the increasing instability in her home country led to an additional claim on grounds of her human rights. She has been refused again and an Immigration Judge has refused her on appeal denying her claim for asylum, human rights and humanitarian protection.
Her life is genuinely at risk and she simply cannot return to her country of origin. Her only hope now is to submit a further claim but it is so hard to find more evidence and all the evidence so far has been rejected by the courts. She can no longer find a legal aid solicitor. She has also now married a British Citizen under Islamic law ( being too terrified to risk detention under the hostile environment if she tried to do so through the Registry Office). Malka's husband of 2 years has been unable to work through the pandemic due to his own health vulnerabilities.
To survive, Malka needs at least £4,000 to pay a new solicitor to represent her case, help her find more evidence, pay for translation and apply for a partner visa. Malka has been badly let down by the hostile asylum system and by her previous legal aid lawyers who had too little funding to properly represent her complex case.
Malka is currently engaged in a Master’s in Politics and International Relations at the University of Leicester, on a Sanctuary Scholarship, and she is eager to complete this programme and use her skills to improve life for others who are in difficult circumstances in the UK. Her family life is now here and neither she, nor her husband could safely live in a hostile, sectarian and unstable regime.
Please help Malka survive and gain the protection that she needs so that she can live her life in safety, free from fear and continue to contribute her passion and skills to society.