Kauther's story

Kauther* has four children aged seven, five, three and one, and is pregnant with her fifth child. She became pregnant when the medication she was taking for another health condition made her contraception ineffective. She is unable to work due to illness.

Her husband was recently made redundant and has become a self-employed taxi driver. She explained that they are ‘absolutely struggling’ and that if his car breaks we don’t have anything to pay to fix it’.

During the heatwave last summer, her seven-year-old daughter wanted to go swimming and asked every day. She found it very upsetting to have to repeatedly tell her young daughter that this was not something they could do.

Kauther is ‘very scared’ about what will happen when their fifth child is born.

* All names have been changed.


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