Madelena arrived in the UK from Angola in August 2007. She is unable to work and survives only on the kindness of friends. Her father was killed by the Angolan government because of his political activities and she was arrested, detained and badly beaten. While in detention her mother also went missing and she still does not know whether she is alive. After her asylum claim was refused, and in terror of being forcibly returned to Angola, a friend agreed to let her share a room with her. Sometimes she survives an entire week with no money at all, depending on friends, charities and churches to give her food. At the end of last year she gave birth to Grace with her boyfriend Sami, who is also an asylum seeker from Angola. Madelena is one of an estimated 300,000 rejected asylum seekers living in the UK.