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'O Allah's Messenger! Should we seek medical treatment for our illnesses?' He replied: 'Yes, you should seek medical treatment, because God, the Exalted, has let no disease exist without providing for its cure, except for one, namely, death.
Usamah ibn Shuraik Sayings of the Prophet, pbuh


Verily, with every difficulty, there is relief. Qur’an 94: 5-6

Be patient, for your patience is with the help of God (16:127)

"And be steadfast in patience, for verily God will not suffer the reward of the righteous to perish." (11:115)

O You who believe! Be patient and excel in patience, and remain steadfast, and be careful of your duty to God, that you may be successful (Qur’an 3:200)

Why did Somali people migrate to Harrow?

There has been a civil war in Somalia over the last 18 years, which displaced over a million people, and the population fled to different parts of the world to escape the trauma and anarchy. When Somali people come to Harrow, they are already traumatised. People are already scarred: some saw their children killed in front of them; some women were raped. People don't know about their future here, and this creates great stress. One young man explained:

“One of the causes of mental illness is the stress a person suffers. One of the major stresses is unemployment. How can I survive here? Another stress is that when we come here, we have to take asylum status from the Home Office. Back home, we don’t need it, we never think of having any status. So here, if the Home Office rejects us, we get worried. We might be deported. We can’t prepare for or predict our future. We are trapped in an unforeseen future. This causes a lot of stress, and a lot of mental illness. It is important to understand this about Somali refugee status: Am I going to be deported or not? Where should I flee?

Most of the people who get sick, they are younger, and employment is the biggest issue. One of the reasons, we may get mentally ill, is that we live in the wider community, where many people are entitled to work, but we are not. Many people have access to employment, but we sit there idle. I look at others, and I feel powerless. Even within the community, no one can help. A few years ago amongst young Somali, they had the highest suicide rate in London. If we leave from a civil war situation, having gone through hell, to arrive here in Harrow, we already arrive with heartache.“