We need to raise £1200 to cover legal and living costs for an asylum seeker who will become street homeless on 23rd December - we think he deserves our help, here's why...
Imagine escaping persecution in your native country, travelling thousands of miles by whatever means you could, exposed to untold dangers, to arrive in your country of choice - only to find that the safe haven that you so desperately need decides to reject your claim for asylum.
Suddenly you're not welcome where you are and fear returning to the place you fled - hope is replaced by fear - again. You might imagine that the 'system' would work to return you to your country of origin - you might not like it, and in the UK there's a 40% chance that an appeal to the courts would overturn that decision, but you'd expect something to happen. In reality a more horrifying outcome is possible - and it affects some of the most vulnerable of people.
Zee is one such person - a youthful 22 when he traveled to the UK from Iraq in 2001, he applied for asylum the day he arrived...
In April of this year, 16 years in limbo, 16 years of not knowing where his life was leading, 16 years of moving from town to town, now 38 and suffering from a serious mental health condition - his claim for asylum was rejected.
With the exception of crucial medical/mental health treatment Zee has had all support withdrawn - he has no access to money, nowhere to live, is not allowed to work - he has used his quota of Foodbank vouchers - he has nothing and is expected to survive on charity.
There's still hope at the end of Zee's tunnel however - his Consultant Psychiatrist has written a letter expressing his concerns for Zee's health and welfare if he remains in limbo, we have good legal advice which suggests that Zee's mental health issues combined with the time that he's been in limbo provide a very good basis for overturning the Home Office's decision - providing access to the benefits that he needs...
To get to the point where Zee's claim for asylum is accepted and funds are made available to him is going to require an appeal to the Home Office, which will cost money, and it'll take time during which Zee needs somewhere to live and food to eat.
We're asking for your help to end Zee's limbo - to obtain the stability and security that he desperately needs to help overcome his mental health issues and provide the chance of the better life that he dreamed of when he arrived here 16 years ago.
Please give whatever you can.
And please share Zee's story - for sadly he is not alone. He is one of a group of people in the UK who are referred to as having 'No Recourse to Public Funds' (NRPF) - fellow human beings for whom the safety net has been deliberately removed.
All money raised will be used on Zee's behalf by Refugee Action Colchester.