Families fleeing gang violence in Central America have been forced to seek refuge at the Holiday Inn in Wembley, fearing they will be killed by themselves.
Five families – mostly groups of women and children – from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala are currently staying at the hotel in northwest London, hoping to be relocated to the community as soon as possible.
Although Afghan refugees have dominated the news lately after the Taliban takeover in the Middle East, people might be shocked to learn that countries in the Americas, some of which are tourist hotspots, are also crowded. of corruption.
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In addition to refugees from Afghanistan, Somalia and Eastern Europe, five Central American families are currently staying at the Holiday Inn in Wembley – who speak little English and have nothing to their name.
Their stories are just a few of many. These little-known countries, located on the strip between Mexico and South America, are plagued by problems such as gang warfare, drug trafficking, political corruption and gun crime.
An incredible woman from West London helps refugees fleeing gang violence in her spare time.
Rosa, originally from Madrid, uses her native Spanish to help these families who she says “are in desperate need of help”.
Speaking to MyLondon, Rosa, who has lived in the capital for 26 years, said: “These are people who, if they returned to their home country, they would be killed.
“In some of these places, especially in poorer neighborhoods or downtown areas, if you were born into a family that is part of a gang, then it is very difficult to get out of that life and into there. escape.
“Although they sometimes seem afraid to open up, some of them have told me that they are terrified of returning home to their own families.
“A mother of three young children said she would be killed if she returned home. These people are afraid, and rightly so.
“They have no knowledge of London or the English language, and no idea where they are going to go next.”
At first Elena says two women were brought from across the Atlantic, but now there are a few more families.
Among the refugee families and groups, there are four women with a 13-year-old daughter and two sons aged four and seven.
There are also two other women with an 11-year-old girl, as well as a couple with a six-year-old boy and two other families with three children aged three to 10.
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She added: “Some of them have clothes for the winter but they still need more. They were also asking me for toys.
“They will be living at the Holiday Inn in Wembley until they move elsewhere – but it’s unclear how long that could last.
“They desperately need help.
Speaking to a local Facebook group for residents of Hanwell and Ealing, she pleaded with residents to help them with donations, including clothing.
Temperatures in these countries regularly rise to 35 degrees Celsius throughout the year, meaning these families have very little clothing to help them survive a British winter.
Rosa also collects food for the families, as she has said that sometimes the meals they are receiving now “are not very substantial”.
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