We’re still buzzing about the result in Parliament yesterday and what it means for reuniting families like Mez’s.
This is a picture of my little brother Mez and his biological mum.
He left him family in Eritrea when he fled compulsory military service and made his way to the UK alone.
Once here, he was taken on by my family and became my little brother…but nothing will ever compare to your own family.
Until yesterday the UK’s laws on reuniting families were super strict and it was not possible, as an unaccompanied minor, to apply for your family to join you in the UK safely and legally. This forced many families to take dangerous, illegal options at the mercy of people smugglers, just to be together again.
But yesterday the Refugee Family Reunion Bill was passed with a vote of 129 to 42… This takes us one step closer to less children having to grow up alone, less elderly parents left to fend for themselves and less teenagers alone in a war zone.
Thank you again to everyone who wrote to their MP, to the work of incredible groups like Amnesty International who campaigned tirelessly, and to Angus MacNiel for proposing the bill.
Thank you for bringing humanity to the forefront and reminding us all that nothing comes before family.