Last Wednesday I was overjoyed to welcome my second Syrian refugee family to one of our private rental properties in Totthenham. Mohamed, Safaa and their two children arrived in Haringey, through the government’s VPR scheme.
My first experience of renting to a Syrian family has moved me beyond words and a decision I would never regret, as a landlord or as a human being who wanted to make a difference.
The experience of visiting the camps in Northern France was emotional: saddening, but also uplifting as it drove me to want to do more. Thus, in December 2015 I decided to visit another refugee crisis point: Lesvos. Here I share my personal diary of that wonderful trip.