Syrian woman’s petition to bring her family to UK
One cousin in Germany, but others feared living in refugee camp
A SYRIAN-BORN woman has started a petition to bring her vulnerable family to Chesham.
Najoua Houidi-Worrell, who lives in Milton Road Chesham, has increasing worries for her surviving relatives in a Lebanese refugee camp.
The mother-of-one plans to present the petition to Chesham and Amersham MP Cheryl Gillan.
Najoua has lived in Chesham since 2012, after meeting her husband Stuart Worrell on a holiday in Tunisia that year.
Najoua said: “We have not heard from one uncle and aunt and their family in more than two years since a bombing in their home town of Qunaitra.
“My grandmother was confirmed killed in that attack. We now have no idea where the extended family is in Syria.”
Najoua works as Arabic interpreter an at Hertfordshire County Council as well as at Waitrose in Chesham.
Her eldest cousin, Omar, has started a new life in Germany, but she is very worried for her aunt and cousins left behind in Lebanon.
“He told his mother he was aware of the risks but rather than die slowly in the Lebanon, he preferred to take his chances and make the difficult and dangerous journey to Europe. After sailing in an inflatable dingy from Turkey to Greece and walking across the forests of Macedonia, he has just arrived in Munich,” said Najoua.
The family recently left the refugee camp set up on the borders of Syria out of increasing concern over sexual aggression and harassment.
Her aunt has told Najoua: “Here I have no hope, we are dying, we have nothing and no prospects for the future. Things can only get worse. We are all dead anyway, this is not life.”
Najoua contacted Mrs
DESPERATE: The Daghestani family in Syria Gillan in May 2014, but she was told that nothing could be done as it was not a priority case. She hopes that her aunt’s application for asylum in the UK will be reconsidered especially with the offer of support from family and friends in Chesham.
Dr Siobhan Bygate, who has lived in Chesham since 1994 and is supporting Najoua’s campaign, said: “The UK now has a duty to help similar vulnerable people fleeing Syria today. I would ask everybody in Chesham to support this campaign.
“We are approaching local churches and the Mosque to evaluate how to proceed to help this family at a local level and will also be petitioning Chiltern District Council to see if we can organise some more institutional support. It is now time to show what the ‘Best of British’ really means.”
Najoua added: “I have always found Chesham to be a tolerant and welcoming place. Now is the time for the UK to honour its long history of receiving refugees from areas of conflict.
“The Prime Minister, David Cameron, has made the important point that we should process applications from the most vulnerable people left behind in refugee camps, who are not able or cannot afford to make the arduous journey through smugglers to Europe. Surely, we should now prioritise those families and especially
PLEA FOR HELP: Najoua Houidi-Worrell with her husband Stuart and their son with the petition asking for help those with relatives in the UK who can help them move and settle. I want to give my family hope.”
If you can offer any support to the family, do so by contacting Najoua on najouahouidi@gmail. com. Sign the petition at www.thepetitionsite.com/ en-gb/497/667/483/khalafdaghestani-familysyrianrefugee-relocation-tochesham/.