A refugee who fled the war-torn Middle East after the death of her relatives says life in Hull is "the same" as life in Iraq.
Intesar Hassan, 55, was sent to East Yorkshire with her children by the United Nations in 2012 when she fled the wars in Iraq and Syria.
Since arriving in town, the mother has said she was mostly bedridden and in a wheelchair after suffering misery in her home and having to wash in her sink.
Says her life in Hull is actually hell, the mother of four adds, “When I think of Iraq and Hull, they are the same to me.
“When I came here, my health deteriorated and was getting worse day by day in this house.
"I cannot walk, talk or eat because of the conditions in which I live. I worry about the house all night."
The mother of four, Intesar Hassan, who is mostly in bed, says Hull is "the same" as Iraq. After fleeing two conflicts and seeking refuge in the northeast, she seeks advice to create a home that is more accessible to her disabilities
Ms. Hassan and her children moved to Syria after their relatives were killed in the Iraq war, where the United Nations provided them with food and shelter.
However, when conflict broke out in Syria in 2021, the United Nations moved the family to Hull.
Ms. Hassan said: “After the war broke out, we were taken to Hull as we were threatened with death. We had to flee for our lives. & # 39;
The family says it was housed in their privately rented house in West Hull when they arrived in town eight years ago.
Since then, Ms. Hassan has claimed that the house has not been serviced and that there is no heating or moisture on the walls.
She said, “I open the window at night because I can't breathe from the moisture in the house. This situation reminds me and traumatizes me from previous experiences.
Ms. Hassan's family fled Iraq after her family was killed during the war (US Army soldiers are pictured in a city south of Baghdad in 2005). The mother of four moved to Syria but was sent to Hull after the outbreak of war in 2012
I told the Refugee Council that the house was freezing, but they didn't do anything.
& # 39; We have no heating and there has been no maintenance on the house for the past eight years.
I fell down the stairs in the house, which resulted in an operation on my gallbladder.
"I have letters from Castle Hill Hospital, general practitioners, and occupational therapists recommending that I be moved to a new home for the disabled, but I've been waiting on the Hull City Council's apartment list since I arrived in Hull."
The house was "pristine" when the family arrived and tenants refused access to maintenance workers.
A Hull city council spokesman said his environmental health team had also been denied access to the house, adding that the city council's land had been allocated "as needed".
Ms. Hassan, who uses a wheelchair, can no longer climb the stairs and has to wash in the sink.
"As I was banging my way up and down the stairs in this house, I got a hernia and pile problem that forced me to do the bathroom more often," she said.
"To make matters worse, I developed a breathing problem that the GP said was an allergic reaction to the humidity in the house."
The family says the housing allowance paid directly to the landlord no longer covers the total rent after it has been reduced, leaving them thousands of pounds behind.
Regarding the increasing debt, Ms. Hassan said: “I am a disabled woman. When we're away from the property, where can we go?
& # 39; Is that worse than Syria? We were brought here to a safe and legal country, but everywhere I go I get turned away. This house is unsafe.
“We thought we were protected, but instead we faced more hostility.
“As a sick woman, I can't go out and enjoy life, but my life is even worse at home. I would rather die, but my concern is what would happen to my children. & # 39;
Ms. Hassan's landlord said: “The apartment was in perfect condition when the tenants arrived. I know it's moldy, but they didn't let us in for maintenance.
& # 39; We kept doing maintenance on a regular basis until 2017 until we were denied access for some reason and we weren't back feeling intimidated.
“When we get there, we will do a full renovation.
& # 39; Extensive measures have been taken to ensure that the gas certificate was introduced in 2020 as this is required by law for us.
& # 39; They raised more than £ 5,000 in arrears and allowed housing benefit to be waived. They told me they will be gone by the end of the month. & # 39;
Ms. Hassan claims that no work has been done on her home in eight years since she arrived. Your landlord denies the claim, but says they haven't had access to the property since 2017
A spokesman for Hull City Council said, "The city council's environmental health team has been in touch with the family to evaluate the home. However, the family has denied environmental health access to the property.
“The information was provided in Arabic and the environmental health team then worked with the landlord and the family's laborer to try to provide the advice and assistance needed.
"The local council awards the council's land on demand and seeks to support those with the most pressing needs, taking into account factors such as arrears and previous rental issues."
Una Barry MBE, Executive Director of Services at Refugee Council said:
& # 39; The Refugee Council provides specialized integration support for resettled refugees, including health, education, welfare and English support.
"We are working closely with partners, including local Hull authorities and community groups, to help refugees settle in their new communities and take steps towards independence."
HULL: AUNT BESSIE'S HOME
Two out of 100,000 people
The settlements around Hull date back to the Stone Age, but their growth as a town occurred in the 13th century when nearby monks used their river to transport wool. Since then it has been used as a market town, a supply port for trade and the military, and as a fishing and whaling center.
Hull is responsible for making LCD displays (used in televisions and on the iPhone) while the Aunt Bessie factory produces more than 900 million Yorkshire puddings annually.
Eighteenth-century Hull MP William Wilberforce is credited with abolishing the slave trade. Former Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott also represented the city but was born in Wales.
The highest temperature ever recorded in Hull is 34 ° C.
Average summer highs in East Yorkshire reach 21 ° C.
IRAQ: THE CIRCULARS OF CIVILIZATION
52,148,027 dinars (£ 26,000)
9.85 per 100,000 people
Iraq is located in the heart of ancient Mesopotamia, which has been dubbed the cradle of civilization as some of the earliest human settlements date back to the region.
Agriculture flourished in the area, which has been associated with some of the earliest signs in writing.
Ancient Mesopotamia is credited with creating the wheel and some of the earliest signs of glass-making.
In Iraq's rich history, many architects, scientists, and philosophers have emerged from the country over the centuries. In recent history, the most famous citizen is Saddam Hussein, who was president from 1979 to 2003 at the beginning of the Iraq war.
The summers in Iraq can have average temperatures of up to 48 ° C.
In 2016, it set a record for its hottest day when the mercury hit 53.8 ° C.
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