Hidden in the sand (2008)

after the turkish invasion of cyprus's city varosha, this documentary talks about what happened after the whole city got evacuated. 





Undercover- Britains homeless scandal (2017, Channel 4)

"Dispatches goes undercover to investigate the impact on homeless women attempting to get off the streets."

1/4 women have been sexually assaulted in the past year

60% feared physical violence and threats

 68,000 homeless women who either in temporary accommodation, the streets or emergency shelters. 

A lot of these women never expected to be homeless, especially at 40 years old.

They have to sleep under their belongings with the fear of being robbed and attacked, on top of having to cover up to pretend to be a lad in order to appear less vulnerable. A lot of these people have mental health issues and it is the local councils duty to access the situation and provide immediate help, if pregnant or have suffered domestic violence etc.

With the housing budget worsening,  councils seem to be doing a better job gate keeping, selecting only a few to help out and turning away the rest. Housing offices have become decensitised and increasingly have to reduce the number of people coming in, saying excuses that "issues have to be life-threatening" in order for them to help.

1/4 of rough sleepers are in london, with Brighton being one of the worst place. Reasons for doing such is often to escape domestic violence. 

-1/5 single sex refuges have closed in the past 6 years 

- life expectancy on the streets is 43 

This lack of empathy coming from local councils is definitely evident because aren't following through with their legal obligations. Also being pregnant and homeless doesn't count apparently until the baby is 8 weeks or born? is pre-natal care even considered or doesn't that not apply to the homeless? Anything could happen in the 2 months the mother and child are left to fend on the streets,  which explains why a lot of them don't make it to birth. 

After going undercover using various different stories, they found that 4/15 women were offered help and that if this were real life 11 women would have had no choice but to find alternate rearrangements for the nigh, which for a lot of them would mean a night on the streets.

All 15 women if probed, would of been entitled to emergency shelters due to the vulnerability suggested in their story.  

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