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‘Kind-hearted’ woman who took in a ‘desperate refugee’ only to have it thrown back in her face: Sudanese man smoked drugs and ‘milked the UK’s benefits system’ before admitting he wasn’t even an asylum seeker

After being deeply affected by stories of immigrants Lynn Barber decided to help

Syrian mother trying to hold her baby above the waves was her ‘tipping point’

She allowed married Sudanese ‘asylum seeker’ to move into her London home

The ‘shy, but very polite’ young immigrant who moved into her spare room was, in fact, a Walter Mitty figure whom she accuses of taking advantage of her hospitality

She eventually booted him out after he revealed that he wasn’t actually a refugee

By Guy Adams for the Daily Mail

31 May 2017

Over recent years, we have witnessed many celebrities using social media to tell the world what wonderful human beings they are (the names Gary Lineker and Lily Allen come to mind).

One particular cause close to the hearts of these ‘do-gooding liberals’ has been the plight of the hundreds of thousands of refugees who have travelled from Africa and the Middle East to begin new lives in Britain and mainland Europe.

Typical of the high-profile figures to say they would happily take ‘refugees’ into their home have been Bob Geldof and Labour’s Yvette Cooper. To date, though, very few have honoured their pledge.

So it is very refreshing to discover that, while many of these ‘saintly’ figures have reneged on their promise, others have nobly stepped in and invited a ‘refugee’ to live in their home.

One of these is the distinguished journalist Lynn Barber. Around 18 months ago, after being deeply affected by ‘almost daily horror stories’ of immigrants during the summer of 2015 (in particular, by photos of a Syrian mother trying to hold her baby above the waves on a Mediterranean beach), she decided to offer help.

That mother was Barber’s ‘personal tipping point — the moment when I decided I must do something’, the 73-year-old grandmother has explained.

So began an intriguing social experiment that saw the famous interviewer — whose memoir, An Education, became a hit film starring Carey Mulligan — allow a twenty-something, married Sudanese ‘asylum seeker’ called Mohammed to move into her home in Highgate, North London.

The fact that she carried out this ‘generous act’ in conditions of virtual secrecy is commendable, considering the nauseating way much richer public figures, such as tax-avoiding TV presenter Lineker, have treated the tragic ‘refugee’ crisis as a topic for virtue-signalling.

That said, the story of Mohammed — as told by Barber in last weekend’s Sunday Times Magazine — offers a fascinating insight into this human crisis. For it raises troubling issues such as the true status of these so-called refugees, their attitudes to British society (and to women, in particular) and their often ungracious [and hostile] attitude to the country that has given them a new home.

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