My name is ‘Nimali’ and I am 28 years old. I’m from Sri Lanka. I came to UK after I got married in Sri Lanka and my husband brought me to the UK. I was financially dependent on him. In Sri Lanka I was a hard working student and I was glad to enrol on a Masters at a university in the UK. My whole life revolved around my dream of becoming a research scientist.
My name is ‘Dawit’. I am 28 I am from Eritrea. I came to the UK to seek asylum. I left Eritrea because my life was endangered by the ruling party. As most other young Eritreans I also suffered from the endless military and national service conscription. I therefore left Eritrea for these two reasons: one because my life was under threat by the political establishment and two because I was destined for a life of military service which is like being imprisoned or like slavery.