Wednesday, 24 April 2013

# LWN # May Brown

19 Year Old Nigerian Woman married to British Man in a coma after Attempted Suicide because she was due to be deported for being a 'sham bride'


Asylum seeker May Brown (right) is fighting for her life in hospital after an overdose days before she was due to be sent back to Nigeria. Border officials say her marriage to Michael (left) is a 'sham'
A 19 Year old Nigerian woman named May Brown is currently in a coma after attempting suicide. May who is a student of public affairs at Weymouth College moved to the UK three years ago.

She met her husband Michael Brown a year ago and they got married in December 2012. She applied for asylum in the UK. However, her request was denied. According to the UK Daily Mail – “Mr Brown, 34, said UK Border Agency officials believe their marriage to be a ‘sham’ with no ‘emotional attachment’.”

While May was due to be deported tomorrow, her husband and mother in-law insist that their marriage is real.


She was so distressed at the prospect of returning to her home country she took an overdose of medication.
Happy day: The couple on their wedding day. Miss Brown wrote that she couldn't live without her husband
In her suicide note, May wrote:
‘I am deeply sorry that I had to go this way, without even saying goodbye.
‘The UK immigration has finally driven me insane. They’ve pushed me too far this time and I can’t take the pain any more.
‘I don’t want a life or a future you won’t be part of. I love you so much, more than life itself and can’t endure the agony of not being with you.
‘Please forgive me for ending it this way. It’s better to die with my dignity than be subjected to torture and undignified death back in Nigeria.’

She said: ‘If they send me back to Nigeria they are signing my death warrant, they will cut my life short because I will be killed.
‘I have found peace with Michael, he gave me a reason to live. I have got a family here and we don’t claim any benefits.
‘Michael works and I am studying to become a barrister, we have not harmed anybody.’

In the report on May’s  ordeal via the Daily Mail, her mother in-law outlined reasons why May did not want to return to Nigeria.

Helen-Claire Brown, Ms Brown’s mother-in-law, said the 19-year-old is part of the family and blasted border officials as ‘heartless’

'What kind of world do we live in when a 19-year-old girl who has been through so much already feels she has no other choice but to kill herself?'

Miss Brown is studying public affairs at Weymouth College and hopes to go to university and become a barrister.

A Home Office spokesman said: 'We cannot comment in detail on this case while legal proceedings are ongoing.

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