The father of a family of Syrian refugees living in Southend has DEMANDED to be sent home after he described living conditions in the town as ‘awful.’
In October 2015 Ali Indakhazi, his wife Meena and their three children escaped his destroyed hometown of Dallimayl under the Home Office’s Syrian Refugee Relocation Programme – they were found accommodation in Southend.
Speaking EXCLUSIVELY to Southend News Network, Mr Indakhazi admitted that he was ‘desperate’ to return home to the shattered remains of his family home around 25 miles from Damascus.
He said: ‘The situation for my family and me gets worse every day. My children do not deserve this life.’
‘We went to a restaurant for lunch last week, and the lady asked me if I wanted butter for my jacket potato. She didn’t say the ‘T’ sound in butter, and I couldn’t understand what she was saying.’
‘Until we came to Southend, we were forced to fight for meagre packs of emergency food aid from the back of a UN truck once per week – I long for those days again.’
‘On the High Street yesterday, a man just ran up to me and screamed ‘BREXIT! You’re going home mate!’ I tried telling him that Damascus isn’t in Europe, but he just said I was something called a ‘silly caaant’ for talking about bleach.’
We spoke about Mr Indakhazi’s situation to Roger Digg, the Deputy Leader of local issues group Essex First.
He said: ‘This is an utter disgrace. If they aren’t happy here, they should leave – their own country is perfectly fine and they chose to be born there in the first place.’
‘I’ve seen videos on the news and it doesn’t look much worse than York Road on a Friday night – it’s an utter disgrace. Thank God this country has seen sense and voted for Brexit.’
‘None of these people don’t try to learn proper English neither and that’s an utter disgrace.’
Mr Indakhazi’s daughter Sitin, 6, added: ‘I have found it really difficult to learn English properly, but with a little effort and the merest hint of diligent application I have made what I consider to be excellent progress.’
‘A lot of my classmates have trouble understanding me, but I guess I will have to accept that it is better than getting blown up by my own government’s military.’