"At 5 am I wake up sat on my bed and staring outside the window looking at the gods, praying that G4S will not come today"
Monday 20 February is a national day of action – One Day Without Us – in solidarity with migrants, with events taking place up and down the country.In Manchester, Right to Remain is working with local migrant groups including United For Change and Manchester Migrant Solidarity to hold two events in Piccadilly Gardens (12.30pm and 5pm).
One Day Without Us encourages people to reflect on the sometimes vital, life-changing, sometimes mundane, day-to-day part that migrants play in the life of the UK, in the life of our communities. Migration is life.
On this day, we will be standing with thousands of others to defend the rights of migrants, standing up to the hostile environment, and especially to immigration detention.
Detention is one of the most brutal and divisive policies in the UK's immigration system. It harms individuals, it harms families, it harms communities. On the day that we will be standing shoulder to shoulder - as migrants, as British citizens, as people - we will be saying "These Walls Must Fall".
Over 30,000 people are locked up each year in prison-like detention centres, not for having committed any crime, but simply because they do not have the correct immigration papers. Many thousands more live in fear, knowing they could be detained at any time.
"Some of the women do come back [from detention] after a long while, but some never return. The ones that return are always different. They become different people."
People at risk of detention include those who have escaped war, violence, persecution, poverty; people who have come to Britain for safety and security, or to work, study or to join their family, spouse or partner. People like us, people who are neighbours, parents, sisters, brothers, partners, friends.
At the forefront of Monday's events are those who have experienced immigration detention, or are living every day with the threat of detention hanging over them. They have been hard at work producing beautiful and powerful placards for the day.