Homelessness world report - from Baghdad to Hornsey
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Sun Feb 26 19:55:56 GMT 2012
UN says 1.3 million Iraqis still homeless years after invasion
By Associated Press,
BAGHDAD Officials say more than 1.3 million
Iraqis remain homeless after being forced to flee
six years ago during widespread sectarian violence that threatened their lives.
United Nations diplomat Claire Bourgeois voiced
concerns Sunday that Iraq has not taken enough
steps to help the homeless go back to a dignified life.
She said squatters should be helped into
permanent homes instead of evicted from empty
buildings or public places where they are living.
Bourgeois also said many of the homeless have
lost identification and other documents that
would entitle them to government assistance.
Iraqi Deputy Migration Minister Asqhar
al-Moussawi said the government has approved
spending $257 million this year to help the
squatters less than half of what was requested.
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Homeless in Waitrose site warn of squatter takeover in Muswell Hill
by Tim Lamden, Hornsey Journal - Thursday, February 23, 2012
A group of squatters, living in an empty pub in
Muswell Hill, have warned that every derelict
building in the area will be overtaken by homeless people in the coming weeks.
The squatters entered the former Slug And
Lettuce, in Muswell Hill Broadway, last
Wednesday, after its owners vacated to make way
for a Waitrose convenience store, set to open in July.
Jay Sampson, one of the squatters living in the
pub, told the Journal: Its below zero and
theres people homeless in Muswell Hill. Its all
because of the government that these people are
homeless, because their housing benefits have been cut in half.
I dont want to live in the Slug And Lettuce but
its cold on the street and I just want to keep
warm. Its going to get a lot worse everywhere
every unoccupied shop in Muswell Hill will be occupied by squatters.
The squatters, a group of seven men and one
woman, immediately changed the locks on moving
in, fixing a legal warning to the front door,
reading: We live in this property, it is our home and we intend to stay here.
They claim they have a legal right to stay in the
building and the sign warns that if you want to
get us out you will have to issue a claim in the county court.
The warnings signatories include Clayton
Steel, Terminator Chris and Mr MC Dunny.
Mr Sampson said the group were living in a corner
of the vacant building where there is carpet, leather sofas and a heater.
One of the squatters, who didnt wish to be
named, said the group were planning an all-night
rave in the pub on Friday evening.
Emma Whittlestone, chairwoman of Muswell Hill
Traders Group, said: This is not a good
situation for a high street that is trying so
hard to survive. I hope they can find some more appropriate accomodation soon.
A Waitrose spokesman said: We are in the process
of taking all appropriate steps to lawfully evict the occupiers.
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