Hackney Iraq war soldiers facing eviction from ex-servicemen charity home
PUBLISHED: 11:20 07 October 2010
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Injured soldier with pregnant girlfriend faces boot from military home.
AN IRAQ WAR veteran is due to be thrown out of his home which was set up for ex-servicemen.
Private Fuaz Bazzy, 34, and his five-month pregnant girlfriend Gaelle are facing eviction after the Disabled Soldiers and Sailors Foundation Hackney ordered them to leave their cottage in Wattisfield Road tomorrow (Friday).
Craftsman Timothy Alexander, 30, from Grenada and fellow Iraq veteran, is also facing eviction from a neighbouring flat.
The Disabled Soldiers and Sailors Foundation Hackney (DSSFH), which owns the 10 cottages, would not comment of why the men are being evicted, but it is believed to be over late rent payments.
Pvt Bazzy, 34, from Sierra Leone, who was shot in his right leg during a training exercise with the Royal Logistical Corps, is now a lorry driver, but can only work sporadically.
“I would prefer to take another bullet for this country than to leave my home,” Pvt Bazzy said.
“These cottages are for permanently disabled soldiers who have served this country and I have no other place to go.”
Chair of DSSFH, Frank Graham, said: “We have never evicted anyone before. The residents have been given proper chances to resolve the issues. He (Pvt Bazzy) has balanced the books now, but previously his rent was paid two weeks late.”
“We told him that if he agreed to pay the rent by direct debit, we would let him stay on, but we heard nothing back.”
Natalie Schofield of charity Homebase, which helps ex-Servicemen integrate into civilian life, said war veterans often found it difficult to adapt to ‘civvy street’.
She said: “They find it hard adjusting to a normal life: paying bills on time, taking care of themselves.
“It’s a different world from serving on the frontlines of Basra or Helmand.”
In recent years, several private residents have moved into some of the cottages, paying significantly higher rent than Mr Bazzy.
Currently Mr Bazzy pays £350 per month in rent; Mr Alexander pays £650 per month.
Mr Graham said that the Foundation’s trustees had agreed to let the cottages to them because they did not want to let them to sit empty.
He added: “If the tenants do leave we want to replace them with recently disabled servicemen who have families, and are currently talking to the Gurkha Foundation.”
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