Dalia, a mother we helped, lived under ISIS in the Kirkuk province of Iraq. ISIS brutally 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.”
Dalia and Mila had to flee for their lives, ISIS were coming for them. They managed to escape and their long and gruelling journey to safety begun.
When they finally arrived in the UK they expected some kindness, but sadly they were wrong. The Home Office failed to offer them accommodation despite being legally obliged to do so.
This should not be allowed to happen. We urgently need your support because the people who come through our door are barely surviving. Having escaped the world’s cruellest regimes, they’re now living in unimaginable poverty here in Britain.
Many are homeless. Many more are living in squalid conditions. Some can’t even 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 2019 in Britain.
Thankfully, we were there for Dalia and Mila, but there are so many other people like them that are struggling to survive, trapped in inhumane conditions. They 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.
“Refugee Action assured us that we would not be sleeping on the streets that night. They really fought for us and made sure we got a place to stay that night.”Dalia
Give the gift of dignity
In just a week, our Asylum Crisis team helps up to 400 vulnerable people who are struggling to cope with issues like homelessness or hunger. And there are many more out there struggling alone. When you give, people like Dalia are no longer on their own.
Your support means that when a family comes to us broken after wandering around the streets all day, we’re able to find them shelter. When a child is crying from hunger, we can help their family access basic essentials like a hot meal.
If you’d like to make a donation by post or over the phone, you can call our friendly Supporter Care team on: 0800 141 2426
or send post to: Refugee Action, Victoria Charity Centre, 11 Belgrave Road, SW1V 1RB.