Jobless asylum seeker who fled war-torn Eritrea says life is even worse in Swansea after burglary
Swansea, Wales, United Kingdom ( UK) (Sun + Metro + DIPLOMAT.SO) – A refugee who escaped war-torn Eritrea said he has been exposed to drunks, drug abuse and a burglary since moving to a Swansea council estate.
Biniam Omar, used to live in the African state that is known for its human rights abuses, forcing hundreds of thousands of Eritreans to flee in search for a better life.
But the 38-year-old said he is now frightened to open his door after he fell victim to a burglary, losing all his possessions at the Griffith John Street tower block where he currently lives.
He told The Sun: ‘I feel frightened to open the door. There are many people drunk and taking drugs.
‘They knock on the door in the middle of the night. Nobody told me what it was like before I came here – if they had I wouldn’t have come.
‘Whenever you open the door here there is a risk. People in Eritrea are nice and hard working – the only problem is the politics.’
Phillipa Turner pleaded guilty last week to breaking into Omar’s home and stealing his possessions, including a laptop and clothes.
She was jailed for ten months. Omar, who is too ill to work, said he feels ‘violated’ by the ordeal.
The council said Omar has not lodged a complaint to them since moving in.
A spokesman said: ‘We do not tolerate anti-social behaviour of any type.’
More about Eritrea
Eritrea is known for its human rights abuses, including political killings and torture.
A UN report accused the government of carrying out widespread human rights violations.
UN officials have also complained that the country hasn’t shared information about food supplies during times of famine.