Monday of the 5th week of Lent, 19th March

Lenten Journeys

Monday of the 5th week of Lent, 19th March

Today we introduce Ufuoma, one of our refugee friends who attends our Day Centre

19 March 2018

Monday of the 5th week of Lent, 19th March

From Today’s Daily Mass Readings:

Of this I am sure, that your love lasts for ever, that your truth is firmly established as the heavens.
Psalm 88

Throughout Lent, we introduce you to some of the refugees accompanied by JRS UK. In difficult times where do we sense the Lord’s everlasting love?

Ufuoma’s Story

This week we will introduce you to Ufuoma, one of our refugee friends who attends our weekly Day Centre. 

The difficult decision to flee forces someone to leave their home, their friends and their family. Once in the UK, it can be hard to rebuild any sense of a normal life, and destitute asylum seekers are reduced to dependency on others. Ufuoma was a nurse in her home country, but since her claim for asylum has been refused she finds herself stuck in a system where she is dependent on charity. “This really frustrated me. What brought me to this state of moving from centre to centre. One is reduced to nothing by going to people for help when you can actually be of help to people yourself. That was very traumatic for me; almost unbearable.

Ufuoma struggles knowing that she has so much to offer, and a desire to contribute to society, yet she is forced to be completely reliant on others. “It was a difficult time even though I lived with my family. It is hard when an adult who was once earning money has to start relying on family support and getting things from here and there.

Join us tomorrow as we rejoin Ufuoma on her journey


Through our work we hope to change the public opinion of refugees and asylum seekers, battling the hostility they face at the hands of the Home Office, the government and much of society. Our work is dependent on your support, and on the stories of the refugees we accompany being shared.

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JRS UK are grateful to Ufuoma for sharing her story with us. Please do not reproduce without permission.


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2 Chandler Street, London E1W 2QT

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