- The body of Mercy Baguma was discovered at her house with her son crying next to her according to Positive Action in Housing
- The organisation said she died from extreme poverty and the baby was malnourished and weakened with starvation
- The PAIH director told press Mercy had also lost her job and entirely depended on her close friends for financial upkeep during the period
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Authorities in the UK are investigating the death of a woman who was found dead in a flat in Glasgow on Saturday, August 22.
The body of Mercy Baguma who originally came from Uganda was discovered at her house with her son crying next to her according to Positive Action in Housing (PAIH).
The 34-year-old died from extreme poverty and the baby was malnourished and weakened with starvation indicating they had gone for days without food, The Independent reported.
The charity organisation said the deceased woman had reached out to them claiming refugee status as she had lost her job and her leave to remain in the UK had also expired.
Robina Qureshi, the PAIH director, told the press Mercy had also lost her job and entirely depended on her close friends for financial upkeep during the period.
The last communication Mercy had with the organisation happened on August 18 when they heard from her before going mute.
“Had she lived she would have been a high priority for a crisis payment from our emergency relief fund. The question remains, why are mothers and babies being left to go hungry in this city, and why is it being left to charities and volunteers to pick up the pieces?" he posed.
Her friends begun a funds drive to cater for burial expenses as well for the one-year-old baby's future financial needs.
"We are raising money to give her a proper send off and something for her son .Please consider helping out her loved ones through this difficult time as they navigate this tragedy and move forward in life without her," said Bridget, one of the organisers.
Coventry South MP Zarah Sultana expressed her disappointment saying the death exposed anti-migrant policies.
"Mercy Baguma was an asylum seeker in the UK. Denied work because of her migration status, she died in extreme poverty next to her malnourished baby boy. This is where anti-migrant policy leads. We should build a society rooted in compassion and solidarity, not division and hate," she argued.
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