An asylum seeker who fled abuse in Africa killed himself after being forced to move to Hull where he became isolated in poor living conditions, his family say.
Romeo Nguase, 22, was found dead at his home in east Yorkshire on April 16 and Humberside Police launched an appeal to locate his next of kin.
His cousin was tracked down following ‘extensive work’ by Sonia Jalal from charity Hull Sisters, who in turn unearthed how he had allegedly become isolated after being forced to relocate.
His cousin Java Kahiha alleges the Home Office gave him no choice but to move from from his home in Glasgow to Hull after arriving from Namibia, southern Africa.
It is understood Mr Nguase later took his own life, but an inquest has not yet taken place.
His cousin and best friend Mr Kahiha claimed Mr Nguase moved to the UK three years ago to ‘be a bisexual man’ after being abused by family members in Namibia.
The Home Office said asylum seekers stay in ‘safe and secure accommodation’ and have access to a 24/7 helpline should they have ‘any concerns.’
Romeo Nguase (above), 22, was found dead at his home in East Yorkshire on April 16 and Humberside Police launched an appeal to locate his next of kin
He had initially lived with friends in Manchester, but later became homeless and moved to Glasgow where he claimed asylum.
Mr Kahiha, who lived with his cousin in Scotland, alleges he was then ‘transferred by force, and against his will’ to Newcastle by the Home Office.
Mr Nguase was later accommodated in Hull, where he died.
‘He said he didn’t didn’t want to move out of Glasgow to live in England,’ Mr Kahiha said.
The man’s family claim it was this decision, alongside poor living conditions, that led to Mr Nguase taking his own life when he became isolated in Hull.
His cousin, who still lives in Glasgow, said: ‘On April 1 he wanted to end his life and he ended up in hospital.
‘After the hospital I don’t know why they didn’t give him protection or why they put him back to where he was living – why didn’t they contact me as his next of kin?
‘It was very upsetting news on all our ears. Last Monday I went to his house where he ended his life and saw the condition of the house.
‘It was in bad condition honestly, I don’t know how you can put someone in a house like that.
‘When he arrived in Hull he would call and ask for a top ups and I used to give him vouchers and I would try to call organisations to help him with food but he was a young and shy guy who didn’t know much about the UK coming from Africa.
His cousin was tracked down following ‘extensive work’ by Sonia Jalal from charity Hull Sisters, who unearthed how he had allegedly become isolated after being forced to relocate. Pictured: Mr Nguase
It is understood Mr Nguase later took his own life, but an inquest has not yet taken place
‘People are not getting enough counselling – here in Glasgow there are a lot of help for people who are asylum seekers and LGBT groups.’
Mr Kahiha believes this support wasn’t available to his cousin in Hull.
He said: ‘[Romeo] was a cool guy, a young guy, always smiling, always playing football, always making jokes, he was a lovely guy.
‘When he was in Glasgow we lived together here and I used to take him to football for training. As soon as you were talking to him you knew you were talking to a cool guy.
‘He was a smart guy too. Even when it came to ladies they would always smile when he was speaking, he was a handsome guy.
‘He was just a lovely, young, talented, respectful man. He wanted to study and he wanted to change his current life and change the culture back home and fight for the rights of people.
‘The culture back home and how people are treated and those other things – he wanted to bring people from that life in Africa to this life in the UK.’
A Home Office spokesperson said: ‘We are saddened by the death of Mr Nguase, and our thoughts are with his family and friends at this difficult time.
‘The Government has a statutory duty to provide accommodation and support to asylum seekers who would otherwise be destitute while we consider their claims.
‘They stay in safe and secure accommodation, have a 24/7 helpline available should they have any concerns, and have access to local healthcare support, including mental health, if needed.
‘As an inquest has not been completed it would be inappropriate to comment further.’
Humberside Police has been contacted for comment.
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Source: Daily Mail UK