"I have never welcomed the weakening of family ties by politics or pressure" - Nelson Mandela.
"He who travels for love finds a thousand miles no longer than one" - Japanese proverb.
"Everyone has the right to respect for his private and family life, his home and his correspondence." - Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights.
"When people's love is divided by law, it is the law that needs to change". -
David Cameron.

Saturday 28 September 2013


“Splitting up my family is not an option.”

Rudi is a British citizen. As her husband is Jamaican, Rudi is finding the path to return home is paved with thorns.

Rudi is currently living in Jamaica with her husband as immigration rules don’t allow her to live with him in UK. However, since receiving the news that they are expecting a baby, Rudi – despite all the happiness, joy and love she is feeling, is also very stressed.

She really wants their baby to be born and raised in the way she has been, in the UK. To offer it the best that she can.

Looking into the current rules though, she is finding it impossible that she’ll ever be able to return home. Living in Jamaica she doesn’t have a job in the UK. Finding a job here from another country makes it hard enough to get an interview at the best of times, but when you’re pregnant it’s nigh impossible.

Rudi is facing a horrible choice. She doesn’t want her baby to stay in Jamaica while she job-hunts and then works in the UK. Nor does she want to end up being a single parent for months on end while she works in the UK with her baby to look after, and her husband in Jamaica.

Rudi’s parents have offered to support them financially. They have also offered them accommodation in their huge house. Yet this family is being faced with a choice of exile or separation.

Rudi however is adamant. Splitting up the family is not an option, nor should it be one that family is forced to make.

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