Canterbury residents praised by charity

The head of a charity has praised Canterbury residents for their support of refugees that are living in the city.

Razia Shariff, CEO of Kent Refugee Action Network says that the help they provide is vital for the wellbeing of refugees.

She said: “There is no way we could look after and support all the young people the way that we do without them.

Razia Shariff (Second from left) Credit: Canterbury Christ Church Student Union

“We get people ring up and offer to take them out for the day to take part in various activities.

“During Brexit we got so many calls of support saying how outrageous it was and people were offering support.”

KRAN support up to 200 refugees a year but Razia thinks the lack of provision means there is a high demand for their services.

“We work in Thanet and Folkestone and we’ve started working in Ashford as well, there isn’t many others out there.

“What I will say is that this is the only charity I have worked at that we regularly get cheques and donations in the post.”

With the war in the middle east showing no signs of stopping, Razia believes that there will be more refugees coming here.

The number of people asking KRAN for help is continuing to rise

This means that charities like KRAN will be under more pressure to offer support to people who are forced to flee.

“The refugee council does quarterly bulletins of the number of young people coming in to the UK and it has doubled in the two years. I don’t think its going to stop.”

Anne Forbes, the Refugee Resettlement Co-ordinator for Ashford Borough Council, who has been awarded the British Empire Medal for her work helping settle Syrian refugees praised the work of KRAN.

“KRAN do some amazing work in helping refugees by providing education and support when needed.”

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