I first worked with Lydia for my MA dissertation research and later had the pleasure to work with her to bring her first play, How I Became An Asylum Seeker to stage, and later to screen.
She and her husband, Bernard Batey, both fled Cameroon in 2006 after being imprisoned and tortured for their outspoken opposition to the government. They have been tireless and inspiring activists for asylum seekers and refugees in the UK since their arrival. Their home was raided this week and though an injunction has been put in place so that Bernard will not be deported immanently, he remains in detention.
The fight for their safety goes on. Please follow their case and support where you can, just by registering your opposition: http://www.rapar.org.uk/