A mum with a terrified two-year-old child is forced live on just £5 a day during the coronavirus crisis - even though the price of some essentials has soared.

The torture survivor, who we are identifying as Fuligdi to protect her identity, is one of hundreds of asylum seekers getting by on just £37.75 a week or less, leaving her with a tiny budget for food and medicine.

Barred from working, she has no means of earning extra cash to help support her young daughter.

She said the toddler is constantly in tears, unable to grasp why she has to stay indoors.

And when Fuligdi does go out, she finds it impossible to provide for her - having to pick between food and medicines during the worst health crisis in modern times.

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Torture survivor Fuligdi is living on a tiny budget during the biggest health crisis in modern history (file image)

The government is facing calls to help asylum seekers through the crisis by increasing support by £20 a week.

Fuligdi said the lockdown has brought back harrowing memories of the abuse she suffered after being detained in an army camp in her native Sri Lanka.

The mum, who now lives in a room in a house in Liverpool, said that the lockdown is taking a huge toll on herself and her daughter.

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She revealed: "The television is broken and she hasn't many toys - they are too expensive for us.

"She is sad and crying – she wants to be outside with other children and so do I but of course we can't go out and she is too young to understand why we must stay here."

And describing the challenges of making do with such a small allowance, she said: "As an asylum seeker waiting status I get around £5 a day for myself and a little more for my daughter so money is very tight.

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"We just manage but now it is much more difficult.

"The local shops have increased their prices – what used to be £1 now costs £2 – and nappies are very hard to find.

"The ones in the smaller shops are too expensive for us."

The crisis has left Fuligdi feeling "upset and isolated", as she has been forced to stop attending therapy sessions and English classes.

And she said being forced to remain inside is bringing back horrific memories of the torture she suffered after her 2009 arrest, after being accused of supporting anti-government rebels.

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Fuligdi, from a Tamil family who was arrested following the war between the government and rebel LTTE, said: "I have been badly affected by the torture and abuse I experienced.

"I can't forget what what happened to me. Night time is the worst – all the memories come back. Lockdown makes it worse.

"Before we could go outside and socialise. Now we are stuck inside. I am depressed and afraid I will catch Coronavirus.

"How would I cope then?"

She fled Sri Lanka five years ago, and is still waiting for an asylum decision.

The mum said: "The long wait and the uncertainity affects my physical and mental health.

"I want to stay here and live in safety with my daughter but I can't until my refugee status is granted."

She has been supported by charity Freedom from Torture, which provides a vital lifeline for those who suffered shocking abuse.

The organisation has launched a petition, which says: "No one should have to choose between medicine, food, or protection at a time like this."

After Universal Credit allowances were increased to help struggling families through the crisis, the heads of more than 60 organisations called on the government to do the same for those reliant on asylum allowances.

Sonya Sceats, Chief Executive of Freedom from Torture, said: “The Coronavirus outbreak is affecting all of us, but it is hitting the most vulnerable people in the UK the hardest

"Every day, people waiting for a decision on their asylum claim, including torture survivors, have to make impossible decisions like choosing between buying food and medicine

"These are people already living in poverty.

"No one living in Britain should be faced with these decisions at this time.

“The government has shown that it understands these unprecedented times call for increased support to the most vulnerable.

"It's time to offer extra support to people seeking asylum, too.

"The virus does not discriminate, and neither should we.”