Homeless woman's tragic ordeal…

WHEN a homeless Ukranian woman lost her job just before Christmas, sleeping in freezing temperatures led to frostbite in her legs, which later had to be amputated. As more and more people come to Northern Ireland seeking work, this tragic case shows just why proper support structures need to be in place.

Foreign workers have employment and human rights too – and they must be protected. Police have been asked to check if there was any exploitation in the woman’s case.

Recently, some folks in Belfast started a magazine – Street Seen – to raise awareness about homelessness and offer practical advice.

  • Pat Mc Larnon

    I guess the inn was full that festive period.

  • ricardo

    Were the housing executive not brought before the Public Accounts Committee a few years ago due to their failure to address the problem of rough sleepers?

    Provision for homeless in Belfast, especially West Belfast is not too bad, can’t comment on how it is in Derry. In any event, this is an absolute tragedy.

  • ricardo

    A nights sleep has clarified my memory.

    I think the NIHE were in front of the Public Amounts Committee due to the amount of money they had spent on putting homeless people in temporary accomodation, rather than coming up with a long term solution to the problem.

  • David Antsinpants

    This is an exceptional case but the fact is that the majority of rough sleepers are mentally ill and it is the health minister who should be up before everybody to answer for it.

  • Gigahertz Inc.

    http://www.SpareSomeChange.com is the homelessness search engine where you can find resources by state or custom query. Please give this web address to panhandlers and homeless people (they can use free computer/internet at the library). Also, please submit any homeless related websites/URLs so that others may find the help that they need.