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When Besa absconds from the hostel, Ruhma fears for her safety and that of baby Tamanna - will they be caught or can Ruhma protect them?


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So, I hope you get this message. Anyway, good luck.

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Give us a call when you come back and let me know how it goes.

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OK. Bye, Besa.

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She's got her interview today with the Home Office.

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I know you're worried about her, but we've done all we can.

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What if it isn't enough?

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I've got to go.

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See you later.

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PHONE BUZZES

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Hey.

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Ruhma. Hi, it's Emma. How are you?

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I'm...I'm fine, Emma.

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-I'm keeping busy.

-Good.

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Look, I'm calling because, as you know, Mrs Tembe wants to do

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an internal review regarding your recent conduct.

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And, well, she's asked me and Al to do it.

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Right.

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So, well, we'd like to do it sometime this week, if possible.

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If that's good for you?

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Any time. I'm free, obviously.

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Good.

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OK, well, look, I'll talk to Al and then I'll get back to you.

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Ruhma, this isn't personal, you know.

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It's not a witch-hunt.

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It's fine. Look, do what you have to do.

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OK, thanks.

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Well, I'll talk to you soon.

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-Bye.

-Bye.

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DOORBELL

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Besa?

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Besa?

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Besa!

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Besa!

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Oh, my gosh. Oh, my gosh.

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-WOMAN:

-No sign of her.

-MAN ON RADIO:

-Roger. Thank you.

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Are you Besa Kotti?

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No! No!

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Besa, it's me again. Please, Tamanna is safe, please call me.

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Please come back and we can sort this out, OK?

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Bye.

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Hey. Hey, you.

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Miss Kotti.

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You really haven't done yourself any favours.

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Trying to abscond before you've even had your substantive interview.

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I know you've been in hospital.

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Are you well enough to do this?

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Yes.

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If you need a comfort break, or you feel unwell, we can stop.

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OK.

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Right.

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Now, do you understand how important this interview is?

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This is your one chance to make your case for asylum.

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The more detailed information you can give me, the better.

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Now, you have a baby daughter, Tamara.

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Tamanna.

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Sorry, Tamanna.

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But when you were apprehended this morning, she wasn't with you.

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So, where is she?

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Miss Kotti?

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You really aren't helping yourself.

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She's with friend.

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And this friend is...?

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Very good with babies.

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No, I meant the name?

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I cannot tell.

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But she safe.

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All right.

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I'll leave that.

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For now.

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Hello!

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I'm in here.

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We've got a visitor.

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-Please don't tell me that...

-Please do not shout.

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I'm not shouting.

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Where's Besa?

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I don't know.

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She left Tamanna on the doorstep

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and I've trying to phone her and phone her. And I...

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-I think she ran away from the hostel...

-What, she absconded?

-Shh.

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Because she was absolutely terrified.

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-And left you with the baby?

-Heston.

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I have just put her to sleep.

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Please, if you want to talk about this,

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let's just do it somewhere else.

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Right.

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I know these questions may be difficult, but I have to ask.

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Can you remember the date of this rape?

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Not just once. Many time.

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Can you give me approximate dates?

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I don't know!

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Your daughter was born on 15th December 2017.

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So, that would suggest March.

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Yes. March 2016.

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2016?

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2017.

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Last year.

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March 2017.

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And February. And April.

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And May.

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But you can't remember any exact dates?

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Try and think. Did it happen on weekdays, weekends...?

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Any day, every day.

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Can you remember how many times this happened?

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20, 30.

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A lot. I don't know!

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Did you go to the police?

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No. I cannot.

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Did you tell anyone?

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A teacher, maybe?

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Where I from, you not...

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..trust authority.

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They not help.

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This man Arjan, really, very powerful. He mafia.

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-You never made any official complaint?

-No.

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So there's no official record.

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We've only got your word that he raped you.

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I have baby.

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That proves you had sex, Miss Kotti.

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It doesn't prove you were raped.

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It would help if you could be more specific.

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This happened! Why you not believe?

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Stupid girl!

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What chance has she got now?

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I don't know.

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But maybe... Your friend Martin, he's a lawyer,

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he said that Albanians aren't high priority.

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So maybe, maybe Besa knew that and that's why she's run.

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So, what are we going to do?

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I will ring social services.

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But I would like to wait, just in case she comes back.

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How long are you going to wait?

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Five...six at the latest...

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-We are in enough trouble as it is!

-Shh.

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We've been interviewed by the police, you could lose your job.

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I won't be sacked.

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We have broken the law!

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No. No, technically we haven't...

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She's made things 100 times worse.

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How could she have made it 100 times worse?

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She has just left her baby!

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She wouldn't do that if she wasn't desperate...

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It is not our responsibility.

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Whose responsibility is it then?

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Look, if you don't want to be involved, why don't you just leave

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for a few hours and then you can claim that you didn't know anything.

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Don't be ridiculous.

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When you're girl in Albania and you grow up,

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everything change.

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What changed?

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When I was 10, 11,

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I help with housework, after school.

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Just me. And everything I do wrong. Everything.

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She said I not good.

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She hate me. She hate me. She must do.

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My 12th birthday, we had party.

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My mother and other woman, Anya, put me in car.

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They said, now that I 12, I must become woman.

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I thought I was having makeover.

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A treat.

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Where did they take you?

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A farmhouse.

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My mother left me there.

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She brought suitcase with all my clothes.

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And she said stay.

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There were eight, ten other girls there, my age.

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Anya took me to room.

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And she said, "Be brave."

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There was bed with blood on it.

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I thought girl must have period.

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They told me to lie down.

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But I didn't want to lie in girl's blood, but they force me.

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Three women - very big, very powerful - they hold me down.

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Anya had, erm...

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..razor blade and she cut me.

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FGM isn't very common in Albania...

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This happen, but no-one talk.

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And they didn't say anything?

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Explain...?

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They told me, "Stop screaming."

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Hey, can you go to the shops for me?

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I've got to study this afternoon.

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You're not studying now though, are you?

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OK, I need nappies, cotton-wool buds,

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formula, baby-milk, sterilising tablets.

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Oh, and if they've got baby clothes, get 0-3 months.

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Try that big chemist on the high street.

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Mum, I have no idea what any of that stuff is.

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Right, well, college boy, I'm sure that you will work it out.

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And if you don't, then you ask somebody. OK? So move it.

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Go!

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So, when did you first encounter Arjan?

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One year. January.

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Tell me about that.

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My father make good business. He a kryetar. Mafia.

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He has colleague... Colleague?

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Who come to house and drink, make party.

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Arjan was one of them.

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He very powerful.

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He like your car, you give.

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Arjan was like that.

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He say he want, you give.

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It's OK.

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Miss Kotti, Besa.

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Take your time.

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He start to come to the house, three, four times a week.

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My mother and father said it was great honour,

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but I can see they very, very scared.

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You understand?

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He said I pretty.

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Mami said he like me, and I should be nice to him.

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But he very old, 50.

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I don't want anything.

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So, when he come, I go upstairs and do my homework.

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But one night, he came up to my room and...

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He sexually assaulted you?

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And this happened in your house?

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With your parents downstairs?

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Yes.

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They let him.

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It hurt. It hurt.

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It was first time. It was horrible.

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And then after, he went straight downstairs.

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Just breathe deeply.

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I'll get you some more water.

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SHE BREATHES QUICK, PANICKED BREATHS

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HER BREATHING STARTS TO SLOW

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# Three little maids who, all unwary

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# Come from a ladies' seminary

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# Freed from its genius tutelary

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# Three little maids from school

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# Three little maids from school. #

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Is that Gilbert and Sullivan?

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Very cultured baby.

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-Has she gone to sleep?

-Hmm.

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I nearly tried the Humming Chorus from Madam Butterfly.

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You don't think she's a bit too young for Puccini?

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One is never too young for Puccini.

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You like her.

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She's very intelligent.

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Go on, admit it. You like her.

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She's very sweet.

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But we can't keep her.

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If your mother knew that Arjan was abusing you,

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if she let it happen, didn't she expect you to get pregnant?

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She let it happen,

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but she pretend.

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I told her it was Arjan and that he force me,

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but she blame me.

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I cry, she scream.

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Baba made her stop.

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He hug me and say everything OK.

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And I believe him.

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But...

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Go on.

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He said Arjan wanted to marry me.

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He thought that would be good.

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Baby would have father.

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No shame for family.

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I would have rich, powerful husband.

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That this was blessing.

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Did you tell him how you felt?

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I try.

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He said I should be happy.

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How?

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I tried to tell him about the farmhouse.

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And he knew.

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And not say anything to stop.

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He said now I can be good wife to Arjan.

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So your family sold you into marriage

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-with the man who'd raped you?

-No, they not sell.

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They give me away for free.

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I say no.

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My father said I stupid girl.

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I no say no to Arjan.

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And if I didn't marry him, he'd kill me.

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Because I bad for family, bad for father's business.

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I had to. So...

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I say I marry.

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Everyone happy.

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They prepare big wedding.

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Me and my friend secretly prepare to leave.

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To UK.

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Here, where we safe.

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Baby born in free country...

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What?

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You're... Is that your milk?

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It's all right.

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It's all right, you can't help it.

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Let's have a break.

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Good, Shak's bought lots of formula.

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We can't keep her.

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If Besa doesn't come back, we have to go to the social services.

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Well, suppose we did keep her? Suppose we adopted her?

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We can't. We're not approved, we haven't planned for it...

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I know. But...she's here and we're here.

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She should be with her mother,

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-which is the best place for both of them.

-But is it?

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Because if she gets deported,

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or what if she gets stuck in that detention centre?

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Tamanna's not even a month old, Heston,

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and she's been shunted from pillar to post.

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I know, but she's not ours.

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I wish she was.

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I wish that we could keep her.

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And so do you.

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-Well. I...

-Hey.

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We'd make good parents, you know.

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I got you a coffee.

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It's from the machine, but it's drinkable.

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And I got you a sandwich.

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You should eat.

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Why?

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You're sending me back.

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And I got you this.

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I was going running after work, I won't have time now.

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This is mine. It's clean.

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You can have it.

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And one of my colleagues,

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she's breast-feeding,

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she said you'd need these.

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Breast pads.

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I want to clean?

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Sure. I'll leave you for a minute.

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Hey, Besa!

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Are you OK?

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Yes. Tamanna?

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Yeah, Tamanna is good. Tamanna is good.

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But where are you?

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They caught me. Immigration.

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What about the interview?

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They doing it now.

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They interviewing me.

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Besa, I...

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..I have to call social services and tell them where Tamanna is.

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What have you told the people?

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Nothing. I didn't want to make you in trouble.

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OK, right. Well, you tell them the truth.

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That you know me from the hospital, I gave you my address

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and so you left Tamanna with me.

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OK.

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I have to go.

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You... DIAL TONE

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-Have they arrested her?

-Yeah.

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She's being interviewed right now.

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-OK, I am going to ring social services.

-What?

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Because you told me to do that.

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Officially, you have no relationship with this girl.

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-What are you doing to say?

-OK, this is going to be fine, Heston.

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Because we are going to tell the truth.

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Not all of it, some of it.

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That I delivered Besa's baby,

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I gave her my address at the hospital.

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I wasn't supposed to, but I did. And that's it.

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Everything else, we don't even mention it.

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Have you ever thought of a career in crime?

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That's not even funny.

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If I stay here, I will work hard.

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I pay my tax.

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I don't want charity.

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I want a chance.

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For me and my daughter.

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You love her?

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Yes.

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I didn't think I will.

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But...

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..without her...

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Even after what her father did to you?

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It's not her fault.

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He father, but she not belong to him.

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She's a new person.

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A new life.

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And yet, this morning, you were prepared to abandon her?

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I want to keep her.

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But she needs better life.

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Do you understand, Catherine?

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If we go back to Albania,

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same thing happen to her like to me when I was girl.

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Better she stay here, I never see her, than that happen.

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Look, I don't want to get your hopes up,

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things are really stacked against you.

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But I'm going to recommend that you're seen as a special case.

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Thank you.

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# Hush, little baby, don't you cry... #

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HE YAWNS, SHE CONTINUES TO HUM TUNE

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Sorry, we woke you.

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I think she's going to need a feed in a bit.

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-I'll get a bottle.

-OK.

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Don't stop. It's nice.

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# Hush, little baby, don't say a word

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# Mamma's gonna buy you a mocking bird

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# And if that mocking bird don't sing... #

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DOOR OPENS

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I'm so very sorry...

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BABY CRIES

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Refused?

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-Here we are.

-Thank you.

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Hey, and here she is.

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Look, here's Mum. Here's Mummy!

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-How has she been?

-She's been good.

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She's had a couple of bottles this morning and I changed her nappy.

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Thank you.

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How are you?

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I'm OK.

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I not give up.

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We go to new city.

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Make new life.

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So no-one hurt her.

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Will you make contact with your family?

0:25:470:25:49

No, I cannot. Not safe.

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I don't care.

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I never see them again.

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They never see grandchild.

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They don't deserve.

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That will be hard, not being able to go back home.

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That not home.

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That not family.

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This my family.

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Yeah.

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You are strong.

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You are a fighter.

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Remember that.

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I know.

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Because all this happen.

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-I strong.

-Yeah. Yeah.

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I wish you could come with me.

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I wish you were my mother.

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Yeah.

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I wish I was too.

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Hey, hey, hey, hey, hey. Shh, shh.

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It's OK.

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It's going to be all right. It's going to be all right. Shh, shh.

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It's OK.

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And even though every orthopaedic surgeon in Liverpool thinks

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they're the best orthopaedic surgeon in Liverpool, break your leg,

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-it's Mr Coleman you'll want fixing it.

-Right.

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What are you doing?

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Come on, Ayesha, I know something's going on.

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-I don't know what you mean.

-Just tell me.

-I can't.

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So, we're just going to let him get away with it?

0:27:260:27:28

-No. We'll watch him like a hawk.

-Watching him won't stop him.

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When Besa absconds from the hostel, Ruhma fears for her safety and that of baby Tamanna - will they be caught or can Ruhma protect them?