Our work Real life stories I am currently looking for a place to live and also trying to find work while waiting for important documentation for the purpose of reuniting with my family. I was born in North Darfur, a region in the east of Sudan. I grew up in a middle-class family. I have two sisters, my mother always took care of us and my father is a farmer, maybe that's why I studied agriculture. I did a degree in Darfur and I started a Masters in Sudan in Peace and Development, which will never be completed due to the political climate in my country. I was lucky to be able to choose a man with whom to marry and with whom I have two children of five and three years. I started to work for the United Nations in Darfur. It was the job that I had always dream and was the reason I had wanted to study. This UN agency investigates the crimes of rebel groups in Darfur: rape, torture, murder, kidnapping; and we protect the victims of war. I did that for seven years, but one day my life was completely changed when I was arrested during a work trip in South Africa. The police investigated me, and then they freed me. The threats of death became more recurrent, so I had to leave my country and my family urgently, in order to be safe. All my uncles and many members of my family were killed by the rebels. To date, more than 300,000 people have been killed by the government. It is this reason why I worked collaborating in the investigations of these crimes, especially rape cases, and for this reason, as well I had to leave my country. For leave Sudan, I paid 3000 dollars to an unknown man. I never see the passport with which I could leave Sudan. I did not know where I was going. He presented my documents and spoke with the police. I found out where I was moments before landing. I was in Belfast. He told me that I had reached a safe place.When we got off the plane, the man called a taxi, gave him an address and money, and disappeared. I never saw him again. The next day I went to the Immigration Offices to request Asylum and the good that I had, I travelled to London to look for work. When I arrived here I went the next day to Seymour Place. A friend from Sudan had told me about this place. She had come to London in a similar situation and thanks to SP she found somewhere to live and work. Since I arrived here I sleep in the Night Shelter and not on the streets which is fortunate for me. It is very difficult to have to leave your country and your family, knowing that they are in danger and come to a country where nobody knows you. In the Night Shelter, I met several men and women who are in the same situation. We become a company, we talk, we play, we laugh, and we also share our problems. I am currently looking for a place to live and also trying to find work while waiting for important documentation for the purpose of reuniting me with my family. They are in danger because the authorities are looking for me and threaten them. When they have permission to come here and I can work and provide tickets for my family to travel over, we will be reunited again. I’m looking forward to it. Help more people like Aarifa by donating to WLM and help us support more homeless people off the streets and into accommodation. Become a WLM volunteer and change the lives of others in Aarifa's community.