Precious Mhango, the little Glaswegian girl I blogged about here is pretty low after being incarcerated in Yarlswood Detention Centre for almost a fortnight. Anne MacLaughlin would like us to drop her a wee line. Here is Anne's update on Precious and her mum Florence.
Something you can do for Precious
To members of URGENT ACTION: Release Florence and Precious Mhango from Detention!!
Anne McLaughlin December 7 at 7:40pm Reply
There's been no news today and it looks like the judge will decide tomorrow - unless Alan Johnson agrees to intervene. And who knows, maybe he's already done that. Time will tell.
Meantime, the politics and campaigning aside, I want to ask you to do something for Precious.
I don't want to go into too much detail because we're talking about a wee girl's feelings and it hurts me to think that in order to try and save her we've had to put her in the public eye so much when she's really quite a shy wee girl. I can tell you that she's not doing too great right now. Put it this way, her frame of mind is not what a ten year old's should be (I am clearly understating it) and I'm very worried about her.
Some of you have asked about sending gifts and you can do that if you like (although you can't send food) but what I'm going to suggest (and I'm kicking myself for not thinking of it earlier) is that we all send her and her mum a wee card just to say hello and let them know we're thinking of them.
Funny cards, cute cards, religious cards - any of them will appeal to Precious. And maybe just tell her a bit about yourself eg if you have a child her age, if you ARE her age, if you just want her to know that you're part of the campaign to get her home to Glasgow.
I think she's feeling a little bit isolated. I speak to her mum every day and Precious some days and she's managed to get a couple of calls with her best friend Maria, but I think she would benefit tremendously from hearing from the outside world. She's been locked up for nearly 3 weeks and it's taking its toll.
You can send cards to:
Florence and Precious Mhango
Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre
There is an outside chance that they may only be there for a day or two more but PLEASE don't let that stop you because we have no way of knowing and she really needs something to boost her now.