Refugees like Dalia and her daughter Mila are falling into destitution this winter

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.

could pay for a hot meal for a family of four.
could help train a volunteer to be there for people seeking safety, helping them get on their feet.
could provide a winter crisis kit for families who arrive with nothing.
could get a family with nowhere to go, off the streets into safe, warm emergency accommodation.

Now in Britain, Dalia still holds Mila tight at night, out of fear she’ll be sent back to Iraq. Many people like Dalia spend months waiting for answers, suffering through ever more desperate situations, not sure where their next meal will come from and unable to make plans for the future.

"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?”


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.

Your support means that 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. 

If you’d like to make a donation by post or over the phone, you can call our supporter care line on: 0845 894 2536 or send post to: Refugee Action, Victoria Charity Centre, 11 Belgrave Road, SW1V 1RB.

Please help us offer life changing support to destitute refugees and asylum seekers like Dalia and Mila.

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