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‘Nobody can disturb us here’: Refugees start afresh in Manchester thanks to charity’s support

Boaz Trust, a member of one of the Guardian and Observer 2023 charity appeal partners, gets people back on their feet

At the end of a quiet cul-de-sac 10 minutes drive from Manchestercity centre is a house with a white front door. Inside it live five female refugees from Eritrea.

The neat, terrace property, they say, has provided them with a lifeline.

Two of the women, Mariam and Helen (not their real names) said before arriving here they had spent short periods homeless and on the streets after the Home Office granted them refugee status.

“I don’t have words to describe how I feel to be able to live in this house,” said Mariam. “I know a…

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