'I cried for my family'
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Child asylum seeker tells of escape to UK

A man who fled Afghanistan at the age of 15 has spoken of how he cried with sadness for the family he left behind.

Bilal was initially cared for by a British foster family and now has accommodation of his own while he continues to seek asylum in the UK.

His story highlights the plight of a growing number of children who have travelled alone to Britain.

Figures obtained by the BBC England data unit show the number of asylum-seeking children being cared for by local councils has risen by nearly two thirds in a year.

  • 07 Sep 2016
  • From the section England