Jean-Paul and his wife would take turns going out when they lived in Yau Ma Tei because they feared their landlord would change the locks if they left together. Such were their fears that when his wife went into labour, Jean-Paul handed her $20 and waited in the room for her to phone. 'I just stayed in the room until she came home from hospital. And the moment she entered the room, the landlord said: 'You get out of here with your rubbish baby',' he said. Having fled Cameroon from alleged torture and an assassination attempt linked with Jean-Paul's work for an opposition political party, the family hoped they would find a safe haven. Instead, a second chapter to their suffering began. The family say a man at the airport claiming to be a money changer disappeared with their cash, leaving only a fake Rolex watch as a guarantee. After waiting at the airport for five days, Jean-Paul's wife collapsed and the family was taken to Princess Margaret Hospital. They filed an application with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees and lived in a temporary shelter for a few months. But the application was rejected in December and they were forced to move to the small room in Yau Ma Tei. 'He used to plan everything ... But now we are just living day to day and don't even know how we will get by until tomorrow,' Jean-Paul's wife said. Meanwhile, Nepali asylum seekers claiming to have fled attacks by Maoist rebels said the cost of living in Hong Kong was too high. 'Why would we want to leave our country, our family, our jobs and our land to come to a foreign country and live like this?' said one. Neither family harbours dreams of settling in Hong Kong, while both reject the government's concerns that aiding asylum seekers would encourage an influx.