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Refugee lodge rooms ‘not good worth for cash’ says Afghanistan evacuee


British man who was evacuated from Kabul simply days after his marriage ceremony has described feeling “actually caught” in a London lodge as 1000’s of refugees and asylum seekers await information of everlasting lodging from the Residence Workplace.

Abdul and Fatima whose names have been modified, had been married in the beginning of August final yr however fled to the UK quickly after Kabul fell to the Taliban on August 15.

Abdul, a 26-year-old medical scholar who was born in Afghanistan advised the PA information company: “I believe the Authorities is spending rather a lot when it comes to offering rooms within the resorts however I don’t assume it’s good worth for cash when it comes to the satisfaction it supplies for people who find themselves right here.

“Should you have a look at the (lodge) web site, it prices greater than £100 per night time, so that can add as much as presumably £5,000 or £6,000 per 30 days.

The UK Armed Forces aided within the evacuation of British nationals and Afghans from Kabul (PA) / PA Media

“If the Authorities had supplied us with a flat for instance, then it might have been good for the taxpayer as nicely – £500 or £600 (per 30 days).”

Abdul and Fatima have been staying at Hilton London Metropole in Edgware Street since mid-September, the place a queen visitor room can value between £120 and £200-plus per night time relying on what date and day of the week a keep is booked for.

Abdul stated that whereas the lodge services are “good”, he believes a variety of Authorities sources are being wasted.

“They’re being wasted as a consequence of an absence of a complete plan for offering everlasting lodging to evacuees,” he stated.

“Initially, once we moved to this place from the quarantine lodge, we had been advised it is not going to take greater than 85 days (to seek out lodging) nevertheless it has been greater than 140, 150 days.”

The Residence Workplace has knowledgeable these residing on the lodge their contract with Hilton London Metropole will finish in March however gave no various residing preparations.

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