Impact Stories

Providing Refuge: The Work of Asylum Aid

Shahzaib's Story

Ever heard of Balochistan? The people of this province in southwest Pakistan have fought a long, bloody battle for independence. Balochistan was once home to Shahzaib, a political activist closely watched by authorities there.

Over the years, most of his fellow activists had been kidnapped or killed, and Shahzaib was twice detained and savagely beaten. During his second spell in detention, both his brother and his uncle were arrested and tortured. Fearing persecution in Balochistan, Shahzaib sought asylum in the United Kingdom.

Rebuilding Lives: Rehabilitating Survivors of Child Trafficking in Togo

Vero: The Story of a Survivor

In her family, Vero was the 8th of 15 children. At an age when her focus should have been on schoolwork and friends, she and her siblings found themselves orphaned after her parents died from AIDS-related causes. Rather than subject herself to the abusive foster parents who took her in, Vero ran away and lived on the streets for two years. Then she spent three years in Gabon as a victim of child trafficking.