Alayna’s Story

1 month and 10 days ago Alayna arrived in Liverpool from Iran. After a difficult journey crossing borders hidden in a lorry with her partner and 2 year old daughter, her family are seeking asylum in the UK.

Dressed in a tracksuit and t-shirt, this is Alayna’s third visit to Micah Liverpool foodbank. She feels safe, and welcomed, receiving bags of food including rice, eggs, bananas, oranges, potatoes, a giant onion and a handful of freshly grown radishes. Although this last month has been hard, with a large smile on her face, Alayna explains “In my country I am not free, here I am free!”.

She is very grateful for the support her family has received. She tells how her daughter loves the fruit, and is learning to say “Mummy banana” when she comes in the door. Alayna is looking forward to using the eggs to make shakshuka, a Persian dish where the eggs are cooked on a bed of tomatoes and herbs.