Home Office malnourishment policy: taking a leaf from Israel’s book?

It seems the Home Office has been deliberately depriving asylum-seekers of nourishing food:

Food provided to asylum seekers by Home Office contractors is of such poor quality that some people are ending up malnourished in hospital, a report has found.

The paper found that it was difficult or impossible to meet nutritional needs and some people ended up in hospital with nutrition-related conditions. Cases of malnutrition among children and diabetes among adults were identified.

Buy Cruel Britannia in print here. Buy the Cruel Britannia ebook here. Or just click on the image!

Food poisoning, weight loss and diabetes were particular problems and there were reports of children “crying with hunger”. Some children lost significant amounts of weight and were not meeting their developmental milestones.

A lot of food ended up being binned and when fruit was provided, it was often already rotting and attracting flies. Hairs, mould and insects were found in food and sometimes raw or undercooked meat and chicken were served.

Food such as yoghurt was sometimes provided after it had passed its sell-by date. Particular concerns were raised about infant feeding and parents’ inability to access facilities to sterilise bottles.

Asylum seekers said they knew that Home Office contractors were making profits out of providing poor food for them. “We are the holy cash cow,” said one.

The report found a “sense of cruelty that food is deliberately being used to demoralise and dehumanise”.

This is a shocking, abominable way to mistreat people fleeing persecution in their own countries and seeking shelter and care here.

It reminds me of the way Israel treated the people of Gaza before the current invasion and genocide.

For those who aren’t aware: because Israel controlled all goods entering Gaza, it was able to restrict the amount of food and drink going into the enclave, thereby ensuring that all 2,000,000+ inhabitants were permanently malnourished, in a policy that was intended to make them unable to resist Israeli atrocities.

And now, by denying access to Gaza for food aid convoys, and murdering anybody who tries to take food from those that do get through, Israel has created a famine in Gaza – and people, including children, have already starved to death.

It is cruelty – using food to demoralise and dehumanise.

That’s just how the Home Office has been described – deliberately trying to do the same to asylum-seekers here in the UK.

Source: Home Office food provision leaving some asylum seekers malnourished – report | Immigration and asylum | The Guardian

Vox Political needs your help!
If you want to support this site
but don’t want to give your money to advertisers)
you can make a one-off donation here:

Donate Button with Credit Cards

Be among the first to know what’s going on! Here are the ways to manage it:

1) Register with us by clicking on ‘Subscribe’ (in the right margin). You can then receive notifications of every new article that is posted here.

2) Follow VP on Twitter @VoxPolitical

3) Like the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/VoxPolitical/

Join the Vox Political Facebook page.

4) You could even make Vox Political your homepage at http://voxpoliticalonline.com

5) Join the uPopulus group at https://upopulus.com/groups/vox-political/

6) Join the MeWe page at https://mewe.com/p-front/voxpolitical

7) Feel free to comment!

And do share with your family and friends – so they don’t miss out!

If you have appreciated this article, don’t forget to share it using the buttons at the bottom of this page. Politics is about everybody – so let’s try to get everybody involved!

Buy Vox Political books so we can continue
fighting for the facts.

Cruel Britannia is available
in either print or eBook format here:

HWG PrintHWG eBook

The Livingstone Presumption is available
in either print or eBook format here:

HWG PrintHWG eBook

Health Warning: Government! is now available
in either print or eBook format here:

HWG PrintHWG eBook

The first collection, Strong Words and Hard Times,
is still available in either print or eBook format here:


Leave A Comment