Mum found dead beside malnourished baby in Glasgow flat


Summary generated on August 25, 2020

    A mum has been found dead beside her malnourished baby in a Glasgow flat.

    Mercy Baguma, from Uganda, was discovered by police at the property on Saturday August 22.

    The alarm was raised after friends had not heard from her since Tuesday.

    The baby boy was rushed to hospital to be treated and was released yesterday.

    The child's father is caring for him and resides elsewhere in the city.

    It is understood Mercy, who was in her 30s, lost her job after her limited leave to remain expired and she was no longer allowed to work.

    She was living in extreme poverty when she claimed asylum and was relying on food from friends and charitable organisations.

    "Robina Qureshi, Director of Positive Action in Housing said:"This is the third tragedy to affect the city's refugee population in as many months.

    "Mercy contacted our charity on August 11 and said she was not getting any financial support yet had made an application to MigrantHelp. Had she lived she would have been a high priority for a crisis payment from our Emergency Relief Fund like hundreds of others left functionally destitute by the asylum system."

    Most Read. "The fact is there is no safety net if you're a refugee or migrant. You are left destitute and without resources. And you're left silenced by far right rhetoric for being forced to ask for help."

    The tragedy comes after Syrian man Adnan Olbeh was found dead at McLays Guest House in Garnethill in May, while a man was shot dead and six people were injured in a knife attack in the Park Inn Hotel in Glasgow city centre in June.

    The charity is demanding the Home Office carry out a public inquiry into the deaths and accommodation provision for asylum seekers.

    You can donate to two appeals for Mercy on GoFundMe and Positive Action in Housing's website.