Yarl’s Wood women on hunger strike ‘locked up and denied treatment’

As their protest runs into a fourth day, some are said to be fainting or injured. But the Home Office denies wrongdoing

A controversial immigration removal centre was reported to be in a state of chaos today, as at least 50 women entered the fourth day of a hunger strike, with several fainting in corridors and almost 20 locked outdoors wearing few clothes.

Yarl’s Wood detention centre in Bedfordshire, which houses 405 women and children, was in lockdown, leaving women in communal spaces without food, water or toilet facilities.

Several women who tried to escape through a window were then locked outside, according to one detainee, including one whose finger was almost severed as she escaped but who had not received medical treatment. Continue reading “Yarl’s Wood women on hunger strike ‘locked up and denied treatment’”