Not much of ‘refugees’, are they? Real refugees who truly live through real horrors are grateful for a dry cardboard box to sleep in. They don’t complain. As long as the suffering and fear is gone, they are satisfied.
Syrian refugees settled on the remote Scottish island of Bute complain they are now depressed because it’s ‘full of old people and where people come to die’
- Families from wartorn Syria have started their new life in Rothesay on Bute
- They have been struggling to learn English and feel isolated on the island
- Refugees praise people of Scotland for helping but are struggling to settle
- Abd, 42, said: ‘I am depressed now. I feel like I have one option now – to die here. Only die here, nothing else’
- Wife Rasha said island ‘full of old people’ and ‘where people come to die’
It was a scheme designed to offer Syrian refugees a new life in Scotland, away from the horrors of their war-ravaged homeland.
But some of the first to be given sanctuary in Rothesay eight months ago have spoken of their unhappiness on Bute, saying it is ‘full of old people’ and a place ‘where people come to die’.
Two of the Syrian families on the island also spoke of their shame at receiving charity, but were quick to praise the people of Scotland and also spoke of their love of the country’s blustery, unpredictable climate.
Struggling to learn English, the fathers of the families – who both used to run businesses – said that most days they stay indoors or take walks on the seafront, feeling isolated.