This is the joint website of  Women Against Rape and Black Women's Rape Action Project. Both organisations are based on self-help and provide support, legal information and advocacy. We campaign for justice and protection for all women and girls, including asylum seekers, who have suffered sexual, domestic and/or racist violence.

WAR was founded in 1976. It has won changes in the law, such as making rape in marriage a crime, set legal precedents and achieved compensation for many women. BWRAP was founded in 1991. It focuses on getting justice for women of colour, bringing out the particular discrimination they face. It has prevented the deportation of many rape survivors. Both organisations are multiracial.





voicepeacevigil.jpgFANTASTIC NEWS! The Immigration & Asylum Tribunal has ruled in favour of Maureen Mahoro being reunited with her children in the UK!!

We had to wait a week to find out whether the Home Office would appeal the decision and just heard that they have not. A full report will follow, but in the meantime Maureen has asked us to pass on her heartfelt thanks to everyone who supported the campaign to be reunited with her three children after a seven year separation. This is a huge victory not only for Maureen but for other mothers and children who have been tragically separated.


Maureen Mahoro’s appeal to be reunited with her children on Thursday 22 July went well. Ms Mahoro gave compelling testimony about her experiences and Anne Neale from WAR gave supporting evidence. The Home Office conceded that she and her daughter could not be expected to go to Uganda. The judges’ decision will take at least a couple of weeks. So the waiting continues . . . we will of course update this post as soon as we know.

Maureen was overwhelmed with gratitude to have received so many thoughtful and heartfelt letters of support which demonstrated how important many people feel the issue of the separation of families is and the high regard in which Maureen is held. This support was presented as part of her case in court: friends and supporters attended inside, while the Mothers Vigil organised by the All African Women’s Group and Single Mothers Self Defence were a lively presence outside. A full report will follow soon.

Comment is Free Guardian website

Jeremy Vine on BBC Radio 2, the interview is at time: 01:09:50



Maureen Mahoro’s case to be reunited with her three children is FINALLY coming to court on 22 July. Two long and agonising years have gone by since Maureen found them safe in Uganda. Shamefully, the Home Office have resisted allowing the children to join her. Twice, their visa applications have been refused. This family’s anguish is unimaginable.

Maureen was forced to leave Burundi in 2003 after she and her family, who are Hutu, were targeted by Tutsi authorities. Her husband and eldest son were disappeared and her brother was murdered in front of her. Maureen sent her surviving children to a safe place before she was captured, imprisoned and suffered rape and other torture. When she managed to escape, she could not find them and was forced to flee alone. For years she didn’t know where they were or if they were alive. Her children thought she was dead.

When Maureen eventually found them in 2008, having spent years and every penny she had looking for them, she had to break the awful news that they couldn’t immediately join her and their little sister who was born in the UK. Because Maureen won her status under the Legacy process she has no automatic right to family reunion.

The case has been winding its slow path to court, without any regard to the heartbreak caused to the children and their mother of the seven year separation.

Women Against Rape (WAR) will give evidence at the forthcoming appeal hearing. We have supported Maureen’s courageous and determined efforts to rebuild her life despite her ordeals and torment.

Your support is needed now more than ever. Please write to demand that this family be reunited. The Home Office may try to claim that Maureen and the children could live in Burundi, or even in Uganda rather than the children coming here. This is particularly brutal considering the persecution Maureen suffered in Burundi and the fact that she has never lived in Uganda.

As a single woman and a survivor of rape she would be ostracised and destitute. Her six year old daughter has only ever lived here and is settled in school. Both she and Maureen are deeply involved in community and church activities. Maureen is one of our most dedicated volunteers bringing her experience and wisdom to the aid of other women.

Please help put an end to this family’s anguish and insist that they be allowed to live together in the UK – the only place where the whole family is safe. All support letters should be addressed: TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN, and sent to Liz Farrell at Birnberg Peirce solicitors ( or Fax: 0207 9110170) with a copy to as soon as possible and no later than Sunday 18 July. 

Maureen Mahoro writes: “My heart is full of appreciation for all of the support I have received. It is what has kept us all going during our hardest times. This hearing is the final stage and I cannot bear to think that we may lose. It would be great for the Judge to hear from as many people as possible in support of my claim to be re-united with my children. I know that there are many demands on your time but your words could make all the difference. ”

Samuel_2.jpgSamuel, my oldest son, has written to say:
“Please allow us to live with our mother and our little sister who we have never seen. We have missed so many years together and this has affected us so much. My brother and sister who are 13 and 16 are distraught. I have tried to care for them but we all suffer without our mother’s love. I get nightmares and wake up crying and shivering. To live without our mother after so many agonising years thinking that she is dead is the worst cruelty. We need to start rebuilding our torn apart family”.

My youngest daughter, who is six and was born in the UK, has this to say: "My mum is sad and cries because she does not see her big children. I do not want to see my mum sad because it makes me sad as well. My sister and brothers miss me and I miss them. I pray for them everyday for God to look after them as mummy is not there to look after them."

At the Hearing, Ms Mahoro will be supported by a Mothers’ Vigil sponsored by the Mothers’ Campaign for Family Reunion which she helped to found. All welcome.

Interview with Maureen


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