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Ugandan mother kills self next to her only son after losing her job in Scotland

Ugandan mother kills self next to her only son after losing her job in Scotland

A Ugandan mother said to be living in poverty allegedly killed herself next to her son in a Glasgow flat after losing her job in Scotland.

Mercy Baguma, a refugee from Uganda, was found death by the police on Saturday August, 22 after friends raised the alarm when she had not been seen or heard for four days..

According to multiple reports, her son was rushed to the hospital for treatment but was released to his father after a day and they both moved to a different city.

THEWATCH NEWS learnt that Mercy lost her job after her limited leave to remain in the UK had expired and was no longer allowed to work, she, however,  had to rely on friends and charities to survive with her son.

Speaking on the sad occurrence, Robina Qureshi, the Director of Positive Action in Housing said: “This is the third tragedy to affect the city’s refugee population in as many months. 

"Mercy contacted our charity on August 11 and said she was not getting any financial support yet had made an application to MigrantHelp. 

"Had she lived she would have been a high priority for a crisis payment from our Emergency Relief Fund like hundreds of others left functionally destitute by the asylum system.

"Does society have anything to say about that other than call them a drain on society?

"The fact is there is no safety net if you're a refugee or migrant. 

You are left destitute and without resources. And you're left silenced by far right rhetoric for being forced to ask for help. 

 "Would this mother be alive if she was not forced out of her job by this cruel system that stops you from working and paying your way because a piece of paper says your leave to remain has expired?

"I’m sure Mercy’s son will want to ask this and other questions once he is old enough."

A friend of late Mercy has set up a GoFundMe appeal to raise funds for her infant son and to cover the costs of her funeral.

She described Mercy as an amazing "mother, sister and best friend" who "always put her family first."
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