So many of us were shocked to hear about Mercy Baguma’s death after she had been refused asylum in the UK. I think it particularly hit me hard because she lived in Govan, which has also been my home for the past 20 years.
Even though the system for seeking refuge in the UK has been deliberately turned into a hostile environment, many people have expressed their care by generously raising funds.
I’m very grateful to Eric Nnanna for allowing me to paint Mercy and Adriel. Eric was Mercy’s partner and is Adriel’s father. He and Adriel have now been granted asylum in the UK. Adriel will grow up knowing his father’s love and will be told of his mother’s love for him too. I would also like Adriel to grow up knowing the love and kindness of people like you.
Please leave a message of support for Adriel here, which I can give to Eric to read to him as he grows up.