‘I just appreciated that I was alive’


So badly did she want to pull her mother, Werkitu Delesa, out of poverty that, at the age of just 16, she was prepared to travel to the Middle East to work as a housemaid.

Full of hope, Fasika bought a fake passport on the black market, which added three years to her age.

Fasika signed up with an agency to get work in Lebanon.

Her mother pawned her treasured wedding ring for the equivalent of £100 to pay to join the agency.

She flew out, hopeful of providing a better life for her family and discovering a new, modern world, where she could earn money and be free.

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