After a five-month wait, an Afghan family is finally able to move into their new house

After a five-month wait, an Afghan family is finally able to move into their new house

Following their evacuation from Kabul, Burhan and Narcis Vesal spent five months waiting in hotels to find out if they would be provided a permanent home in the UK.

The family was stuck in Crawley when Helga Macfarlane heard about their need and offered them her flat in Aberdeen, 600 miles away.

In addition to being a Silesian refugee during WWII, Helga's mother was also a British Army interpreter before being granted asylum in the UK.
Burhan, 34, told the Home Office had initially refused the relocation before it was approved in London on Tuesday.

‘We have arrived in Aberdeen from Afghanistan. It's difficult to express how it feels to leave Afghanistan and start over in a new nation.

‘But I have dodged imprisonment or death. We are lucky and at ease to be here. We were crying when we entered our flat after a hard journey from Afghanistan.'

Burhan served as a combat translator in Afghanistan with British forces, including the Gurkhas, and his family moved in last week after months of uncertainty.
He had been hiding for four months while waiting for an evacuation flight out of Kabul Airport, where tumultuous scenes and masses first impeded the path.

The family, along with thousands of others, was temporarily sheltered in downtown London before moving to the Arora Hotel in Crawley.

Burhan, who previously talked to anonymously, thanked UK troops as they landed at Heathrow.

The trio were disappointed when the Home Office said they would be moved to a property in Peterborough, only to be told it was not available the day they arrived.
Following Burhan's final approval for the relocation at a Jobcentre, the couple and their six-year-old son Sepehr have already arrived in the UK.

Thousands of Afghan families and individuals remain in ‘bridging accommodation' organised by the Home Office months after UK troops evacuated them.

‘We have finally arrived,' Burhan added.

‘It feels great because the bridging motel was awful.'

There were hundreds of families from all over, some courteous, some not.

‘I was worried for my son, not myself. Now we're lucky. We have a new home in a new place we adore and are safe.'

Helga wanted to assist the family move on after the tumultuous and violent situations in Afghanistan during and after the coalition's two-decade pullout.

She has opened her home and is not charging rent while Burhan and his wife get on their feet and become independent.

‘Helga is a world example,' Burhan remarked. No one is as friendly and free-spirited as she. She has proved that there are humanists out there.

‘She has helped us adjust and start our new lives.'
Burhan hopes to finish his security training and get a job, while Narcis, a doctor, hopes to learn English and keep her job.

They left a few days before a whistleblower revealed chaos in the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office during the relocation attempt.

Thousands of desperate emails from people fearing for their lives went unanswered, said Raphael Marshall, a junior public servant.