Meet The Somali Mother And Son Who Have Lived On A London Street Bench For Three Years.

Somali mother and son living on a street bench refusing help
Somali mother and son living on a street bench refusing help
Somali mother and son living on a street bench in London for three years

Somalian mother and son have lived on a street bench for the past three years after refusing to accept two-bedroom flats In London by the council.

Wandsworth Council has tried severally to house them and offered the duo two refurbished apartments in Tooting, south west London, which normally cost £1,500 a month.

But they prefer to remain on the street bench despite pleas from their family and members of the Somali local community.

Both mother and son have been on the street since December 2014 when they were evicted from their shared flat Tooting. It is believed that a death in the family and a period of been hospitalized led to them start living on the streets.

They have lived on a different bench outside TK Maxx on Tooting High Street but they relocated to a new spot directly in front of the local library.

One picture shows the son urinating on the library wall and the two of them sitting on the bench all through the day before finally pulling a tarpaulin over their heads just after midnight. At 10.30 am, mother and son are usually awake fix them a honey sandwich for breakfast.

The mother who seems to be in her 60s speaks to passersby all through the day, while her son who is in his twenties sits next to her.

Residents of the area usually give them food and water, before the pair cover themselves with a tarpaulin sheet to keep them warm through the night.Their personal belongings are packed under and beside the bench.

They are both seen taking a walk on one particular Sunday, after having chicken and chips with the son listening to his MP3 player.

After failing to pay their rent n 2014, the duo was thrown out from their home in Tooting and have lived on the street since then.

Several groups of people and government have made efforts to get them off the street but they have refused to leave the street bench.The latest home offered them is a two-bed apartment with a kitchen and bathroom but they turned down the offer.

A Spokesperson for Wandsworth Council said the situation was a complex case involving a pair who have turned down all efforts made at helping them solve their problem and said they can not be forced into accepting help. He added that they will continue to monitor and offer help until they both change their minds and leave the street bench to a more comfortable home.

Typically, their day starts by 10.30 am when they wake up, have breakfast and winds down after midnight when the tarpaulin is pulled over their heads as they sleep.

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