I am a refugee from Rwanda. I came here in 2002. I didn’t know anything about the UK or anyone here. I felt completely isolated. After six months, I was granted my indefinite leave to remain. Before that I wasn’t allowed to work. They moved me around the country without any notice. That’s the refugee system in this country.
I couldn’t communicate. I used to spend hours at the market, because I couldn’t understand the labels and what I had to buy. I knew I had to adapt myself.