Alice Chigumera

Born: 15th May 1965

Harare, Zimbabwe

Date of interview: 31st May 2006

Map showing where Alice Chigumera came from

What year was that?

1999 in January so I've gone through quite a lot in my life and I've generally I've lost all my brothers, they've all died, my mother is dead, I'm the only person alive in my family with my two children. It became so difficult I couldn't use any lawyer, it was difficult but I think sometimes experience of working within the Foreign Ministry helped me because I managed to write a letter myself to the Minister of what they call the Secretary for Foreign Affairs here in the Home Office about my children because they denied them Visas to come in the British Embassy. And they responded and I started, demanded to the British High Commission in Zimbabwe to do that and I wrote a letter to them also with the concern on humanitarian grounds and according to the EU Regulations about family being separated and all that, my children didn't have a living parent in Zimbabwe, I was the only living parent. So having an insight about the little regulations that I used when writing letters they managed to get a Visa. They came over in January, they came on their own from Harare accompanied by the, of course air hostess, clearance and all that, and arrived from Zimbabwe in January on the 27th and I met them at the Gatwick airport.