New to Braunstone

Imagine you have had to leave your home because someone has threatened to kill you and to hurt your children. You have had to leave your house in the middle of the night with very few possessions, a friend of a friend, who has a contact has offered to take you abroad. After some time, having been taken here and there, via land, sea and air, you end up at the immigration desk at Heathrow Airport. After a traumatic period trying to negotiate yourself through immigration and all associated officialdom. Eventually, after many legal wranglings you are allowed to stay in the United Kingdom.

You eventually find yourself in Leicester, a city where you think you can begin to feel at home and there are people there from all over the world. However it is very cold and people seem to very reserved. You finally find yourself sharing a house in Braunstone. You feel alone and are worried for family members back home. but are now beginning to understand English, but reading, writing and speaking can still be problematic.

Photo of three people in front of a map of the world

There are several people now living in Braunstone who have had to leave their country of origin, sometimes through persecution or sometimes for work and other reasons. Many now have to confront prejudice and discrimination on a daily basis. Most of us want an estate that is neighbourly and welcoming and many residents and local workers are working hard in helping to continue to make Braunstone a great place to live. However we need to counter the myths about refugees and asylum seekers and challenge racism in all its forms and we at St Peter’s need to be a part of this. If you would like to know more, just have a word.

Chris Florance

This entry is dated Sunday, October 8th, 2006 at 10.44am and is filed under News.

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