Homes for heroes by Kit

I’ve just sat down to watch DIY SOS – homes for veterans and I felt I had to blog about it.

This week focused on Lamin Manneh, originally from Gambia, who lost three limbs fighting for this country in Afghanistan. He was living in a home that wasn’t giving him and his family any quality of life. This shouldn’t happen in this country but it is a familiar story. All this family man wanted, was to be able to be a father to his children and to be able to get upstairs to read his children a bed time story. It really isn’t too much to ask is it?

What made this story unique and stand out the most was the irony of many people who look to blame foreigners for government failings. Some people seem to think that ‘helping foreigners’ has to be some sort of trade off in that if we help foreigners or refugees there are somehow more deserving or entitled people living in this country going without. It’s ridiculous.

Empty houses

DIY SOS showed that there are empty homes. There are around 600,000 homes in the UK that have been empty for more than 6 months. A chunk of those are in need of renovation but with investment, there needn’t be homeless ex forces and we could still help refugees without even needing to build more homes. It is not a trade off.

Lamin Manneh and his family are very inspirational and were about the most deserving of a decent family home that I have ever seen. When I hear people say that charity begins at home and we should help our own first I just want to put my head in my hands. It’s as if refugees are seen as a burden and are not capable of being productive members of our society. History has shown us that is not true so why have so many people forgotten?