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|'We Need Help' Say Somali Community|
London, June 30, 2004 (Ic SouthLondon) – Elderly and disabled members of Greenwich's Somali community who feel they are being treated as second-class citizens are set to present a petition to the council.
At a recent meeting at the Somali Community Centre, in the Macbean Centre, Woolwich, many described their loneliness and isolation and the lack of support they feel they get from social services. Yassin Ismail, from the centre, said it was a very emotional meeting.
He said: "There was a lot of frustration as many of the most vulnerable people are not getting any services or help and the council are refusing to speak to us about our problems."
He said only a tiny few received home support services and there were woefully few day centers or community centers they could attend.
Mr. Ismail, 39, pointed out the Somali community was now the second-largest
group of refugees in the borough. He said many had come because of historic
ties because North Somalia was a former British colony and Somali sailors
began settling in the UK before the First World War.