ASSIST Sheffield

Challenging asylum destitution

Meet Victor

‘I am from Harare in Zimbabwe. In 2008 I wrote an e-mail to a friend criticising the corrupt means by which the Mugabe government was re-elected. That e-mail was intercepted and an arrest warrant was taken out against me. As a result, I am seeking asylum in the UK – I cannot return to Zimbabwe because I would face arrest and the threat of violence. It is five years and three rejected asylum cases since I have seen my wife and my youngest son. As a refused asylum seeker I have no right to work or to study, to accommodation, to benefits or to any support from public funds. I cannot reunite my family by bringing my wife and son to the UK.’

Since he arrived in Sheffield, Victor has volunteered tirelessly for several organisations in the city which are working to tackle destitution. He has first-hand experience of what it’s like to be homeless and living on the streets in our city. Perhaps this is why he is so incredibly generous and kind and gives without any wish for recognition or reward.