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‘Tired and confused’ Sudan evacuees left stranded in London after being evicted from hotel, charity says | UK News

Families evacuated from Sudan have been “left stranded” after being evicted from government allocated hotels, according to the charity Goodwill Caravan. 

It says dozens of families have been told they are not eligible for housing due to members holding British passports.

Noura Fadel fled Sudan with her parents and two brothers on April 30.

“On arrival to the UK my father had a stroke and has been in a hospital near Stansted Airport, while the rest of us stayed at a nearby hotel,” she said.

Speaking through an interpreter, she told Sky News the hotel evicted them on Thursday afternoon. Noura said they stayed on the streets until 2am before a local council gave them a room, only to be evicted from there by the morning. She says they then sat in a KFC restaurant in south London with nowhere to go.

“We are so tired and confused. My family are in disbelief, how has this happened to us? We had money and a house and a life then the banks closed and we couldn’t get any money out to escape,” she said.

“The only reason why we came to this country is because my father is British.”

“We’re hours away from my father now,” Noura said. “I am scared that if anything happens to my dad then how will we get to him?”

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Goodwill Caravan says more than 20 families are in need of help in the London area but that unlike those fleeing Ukraine, the Sudanese evacuees are not categorised as refugees because they have British passports, and so a “loophole” in the system has left them stranded.

“These people have fled violence and seen unspeakable trauma in Sudan. They don’t want to be here, they have their own homes in Sudan, but between night and day there were bodies on the streets so they had to flee. Now they are being evicted,” Hanan Ashegh, the charity’s founder, told Sky News.

“Some people are lucky because they have family members who can temporarily take them in, but many have nowhere to go.

“They’ve paid all their savings to get to safety and have nothing left and no access to their bank accounts in Sudan.”

Smoke rises above buildings after an aerial bombardment, during clashes between the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces and the army in Khartoum North, Sudan, May 1, 2023. REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah
Hundreds of people have been killed in the recent wave of violence in Sudan

Fatima Elabgari provides translation services and helps those arriving from Sudan. She told Sky News one local council gave a family an unfurnished home.

“The kitchen doesn’t have a single item. Not even a spoon.”

“I’m taking calls in the middle of the night to help people who fled with just a few basic essentials. I’ve worked with 62 families up until now.”

A government spokesperson said: “We have been working intensively to evacuate British nationals and their dependents since the outbreak of violence in Sudan, in a complex and highly volatile environment.

“Councils have a duty to ensure families are not left without a roof over their heads. When arrivals do not have immediate access to accommodation, councils may provide emergency overnight accommodation and support for people to move into longer term housing.”

UK nationals returning from Sudan can access benefits, social housing, and homelessness assistance even if they are not habitually resident in the UK.

Further to guidance issued by DWP on April 27, Sky News understands the government now intends to change the rules so that the Habitual Residence Test is disapplied to UK nationals returning from Sudan, subject to parliamentary approval. In the meantime, local authorities are advised to seek to apply maximum flexibility.

Around 2,450 people were evacuated via Wadi Saeedna airfield and Port Sudan since evacuation flights started on April 25.

The UK government concluded its evacuation operation on May 4 and announced that it will provide £5million of lifesaving aid to people fleeing Sudan.

‘Enough is enough – I need to grieve for my son’: Chris Kaba’s family are tired of waiting for answers after his death | UK News

Six months since Chris Kaba’s death, his parents Prosper and Helen are still not able to mourn their loss.

They sat down with me ahead of a community event commemorating their son’s death in Streatham Hill, south London.

We’re sitting on white chairs in front of a blue balloon arch that frames a mounted picture of their son with the words “Justice for Chris Kaba” printed on it.

There’s a table underneath which also has three photographs of the 24-year-old, including one of him as a baby.

Chris was a dad-to-be but he never got to meet his baby daughter, who was born after his death, just days before his funeral.

Raising their granddaughter while mourning their son has been heartbreaking, his parents tell me.

“It’s really difficult,” Helen says.

Prosper, who has just returned from Congo, where extended family are also mourning Chris’s passing, adds: “What will I tell my granddaughter one day when she asks me: ‘Where’s my dad? What happened to my dad?’

“What can I say?”

Justice for Chris Kaba gathering

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Questions plague the family’s minds.

Prosper and Helen are clutching each other’s hands tightly. They are united in grief that is palpable – they’ve been through an extraordinary amount together over the past six months.

They learned of their son’s death by phone call, watching bodycam footage of the incident, and have been told to wait for answers which may be delivered by the police watchdog.

‘We want the truth’

The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) has been investigating Chris’s death and is expected to deliver its report within the next three months.

But the family’s patience is wearing thin.

Helen tells us: “We want the truth.

“We want to know what happened and why and how.

“I need the answer.

“I’ve been waiting for six months, I can’t wait for another six months.

“Enough is enough, I need an answer.

“I need to grieve for my son.

“Enough is enough, enough is enough.

“We can’t wait any longer, we need answers.

“We need a verdict, we need to grieve for Chris.”

Chris Kaba pictured as a boy. He died after being shot by police
Chris Kaba pictured as a boy

‘All of it has been hurting hard’

When I ask them about not being able to mourn his loss yet, they both shake their heads vigorously.

Prosper explains: “How are we meant to grieve without any justice?

“We want answers for our questions: our boy was killed – why?

“It’s been hard, very hard.

“All of it has been hurting hard.

“My family is devastated, my life is devastated. There is no more life.”

They both emphasise their need for answers.

“Why should it take six months?” Prosper says.

Chris Kaba's funeral
Chris Kaba’s funeral was in November

Some 60 people gathered at the New Park Road Baptist Church on Saturday night to show their solidarity with the family.

A video compilation of images and videos of Chris play on repeat via a projector as one by one, Chris’ cousin, Jefferson, and then his mother, and then father addressed the group.

The church is just a four-minute walk from where Chris was shot.

After sharing experiences, the group decide to retrace Chris’s route on the night of the 5 September 2022 to Kirkstall Gardens.

Supporters of the Kaba family after a memorial to remember Chris

They sang, chanted and held a minute’s silence in his memory – all holding candles.

Some cried and others stood in silence on the quiet residential road just before 10pm, around the time of the shooting six months ago.

They may face a long legal road ahead but their yearning for answers deepens and their voices are loud.

IOPC ‘awaiting an external report’

On the anniversary of Chris’s death, many are on tenterhooks waiting for the IOPC’s findings.

An IOPC spokesperson told us: “We are confident that our investigation into the circumstances surrounding the fatal shooting of Chris Kaba will conclude with the six-to-nine-month timeframe we specified at the outset.

“We are awaiting an external report which we require in order to conclude our investigation, finalise our report and then decide whether or not to refer a file of evidence to the Crown Prosecution Service for a charging decision.

“We continue to provide regular updates to representatives for the Kaba family in line with the IOPC policy.”