KO is a young person seeking asylum who has recently been released from immigration detention in the UK traumatised and without appropriate clothing.
He has lived experience of this country’s racist and carceral immigration system as well as of forced labour and other forms of colonial violence across the continents he travelled to get here.
KO came to the UK seeking safety but instead was immediately and unexpectedly detained, wearing the same clothing he arrived in. He was released from detention in the same clothing, and on the Home Office’s meagre stipend of under £10 a week he is currently denied the ability to meet his basic needs. He needs urgent support to cover the expenses of getting himself kitted out post-detention with basic items like socks, trousers and shoes. His goal is £350 (plus £15 to cover gofundme fees) to cover his seasonal clothing needs and keep warm over winter.
Any extra will go to travel expenses so he can use public transport to socialise and access a better quality of life (something the Home Office’s inadequate support makes it impossible to do).
He has no other safety net to fall back on and is relying on networks of solidarity in the community to support him — please give generously!