Dalia, a mother we’ve been helping, lived under ISIS in the Kirkuk province of Iraq. ISIS killed her father and Dalia feared for her life. As a woman, she had to stay at home 24 hours a day.
She would hear horror stories of things that happened to other women. She told us, “They would take women from their homes and do things to them. I was living in terror and just waiting for my turn to come. I slept holding my daughter Mila tight. I feared that if they took me, she would end up in their hands too.”
We urgently need your support because the people who come through our door are barely surviving. Having escaped the world’s cruelest regimes, they’re now living in unimaginable poverty here in Britain.
Many are homeless. Many more are living in squalid conditions. Some can’t feed their children or keep them clean. Some can’t afford nappies or sanitary protection. Too many would rather take their own life than live like this. It’s an outrage that this is happening in 2017 in Britain.
Now in Britain, Dalia still holds Mila tight at night, out of fear she’ll be sent back to Iraq. She made her asylum claim last Christmas, now nearly a year ago, but is still waiting for a decision on whether they can stay.
"Yes, it is true that we are asylum seekers but we are still human beings. This is a country of humanity – how can this be allowed happen?”Dalia
Give the gift of dignity
Dalia is one of 1,100 destitute people who our Asylum Crisis project is currently helping. And there are many more out there struggling alone.
When you give, people seeking safety in Britain like Dalia are no longer on their own.
When a family comes to us broken after wandering around in the cold all day, we’re able to find them shelter. When a child is crying from hunger, we can arrange a hot meal. When the cupboards are bare, we can fill them with the essentials. When someone like Dalia is put in uninhabitable accommodation, we can demand something is done about it.