An 18 year old unaccompanied Eritrean refugee was blinded in an acid attack while he was on his way to college in Croydon in the run up to last Christmas. His friend was also attacked but managed to save his eyesight. By all accounts, both victims are lively, kind and tenacious young men whose lives have been inexplicably changed by an assailant who is still at large. How they will manage to come to terms with this unprovoked, heinous and life changing attack is beyond comprehension.
There is so much tragedy and sadness in the world right now, but this case left a whole in my heart. Consequently, I'm fundraising for the Da'aro Project, a South London charity who have been front and centre in these young men's lives since they first arrived in the UK after a traumatic and dangerous journey. It's hard to fathom the loss, sacrifice and hardship that so many endure, and I'd like to show them some kindness and support.
Da'aro was established in 2018 by members of the Eritrean community in London in response to the suicides of a number of teenage Eritreans. Any monies raised will go towards funding Da'aro's Youth Club, which in turn, will benefit the pair who were attacked, in addition to other vulnerable teens who are in similarly vulnerable positions.
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