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15th March 2018

STORM EMMA- HOMELESS WITH NOWHERE TO HIDE

On March 1st 2018, we all had a tough time in the snow. Schools were closed, cars were stranded in an ocean of frost, workers were unable to get to work and many more problems arose due to Storm Emma’s thunderous arrival. However, have you considered how much tougher a time the homeless might have had?

The homeless residents of the UK, found this one of the toughest starts to 2018, due to the icy blizzard of Storm Emma. Shivering in the frosty blasts, these helpless people lived in the most excruciatingly horrendous conditions of heavy snow for what felt like years. However, have you ever thought about how luck and how grateful we should be for our central heating, warm clothing and loving family and friends. Then here we are complaining about the lack of milk, bread, even wifi, when there is thousands of vulnerable people fighting for their lives.

As Thursday became Friday, conditions worsened. Snow layered up and in some places grew to 50cm deep! Surprisingly, this didn’t stop, many homeless from staying outside in the freezing cold. In Cardiff, these people avoided hostels for fear of drug users and dealers. Which would you choose; dangerously low temperatures, or an unfamiliar place full of strangers?

The South West of England was particularly affected by strong winds and treacherous snow, causing many schools, colleges and workplaces being forced to close. Not only were particular people affected, but whole communities were put at risk. Lots of houses had a loss of power and some were snowed in and unable to travel. However, this is nothing compared to the homeless. What are your views of the homeless in the snow? Our views on the subject is that we believe that everyone should respect those without homes because they are equal to us, yet we treat them like aliens. Absolutely anyone in this world could find themselves homeless so why treat them any worse than how you would treat your neighbour, especially in these desperate snowy times.

Although it may have been a difficult experience for many of us, it can’t have been as difficult for us as it was for those with no home, no belongings, or even families. How can anyone not feel guilty as we sit by the warm hearth, with a hot drink in our hands, while others fight for their lives in a blizzard of ice and snow? We are yet to find a solution to homelessness in the UK, particularly during such devastating and dangerous times.