If you ask me…Viola Sibanda (not her real name)

Who’s had the biggest influence on you?
My mum, she made me strong.

Which professional has helped you most?
My community nurse.

How would you improve services?
I would run educational programmes to stimulate people’s minds.

What would make your life better?
Getting leave to remain in the UK.

What three words best describe you?
Lonely, anxious, willing.

What would you stop if you could?
The new Asylum Bill.

Who is your dream date?
Actor Denzel Washington.

How would you spend a lottery win?
I’d go straight home to the Democratic Republic of the Congo and buy my safety.

What is your greatest achievement?
Becoming a volunteer for charity.

Your most embarrassing moment?
When the immigration officer asked about my HIV in front of my children. They didn’t know.

Who would you like to swap places with?
Anyone who is allowed to live freely.

Who do you most admire?
US civil rights activist Rosa Parks.

When did you last cry?
Nearly every night.

How would you like to be remembered?
I gave my children a good start in life.

What has life taught you?
Sometimes there are no choices.

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