Barbara, Richard and Mohammed
Barbara heard about Room for Refugees after her daughter sent her an email about Serco’s plan to carry out lock change evictions.
Shortly after, Freya, our accommodation officer, received a referral from the British Red Cross in Glasgow and introduced Mohammed to Barbara and her husband, Richard. They are a couple in their 70s, retired from their teaching jobs, and live in a large townhouse in Glasgow. Barbara said: “We speak several languages, English, French, German and some Italian. We live in a large house, with spare rooms on the top floor. We like a reasonable standard of cleanliness, but we are not perfectionists. From time to time our children and grandchildren visit. But otherwise, our rooms lie mostly empty. It seems better to let destitute refugees live here… We read the news about Serco evicting 300 refugees and asylum seekers from their homes onto the streets. The mass eviction of vulnerable people from countries like Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran and Eritrea, is not the civilised answer.”
Serco’s planned eviction of 300 vulnerable people from countries like Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran and Eritrea, is not the civilised answer.