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Skills Rethink director Shagufta Nasreen on remembering those in need

PUBLISHED: 13:55 30 December 2015 | UPDATED: 13:55 30 December 2015

Shagufta Nasreen.

Shagufta Nasreen.

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I would like to wish everyone a happy festive season and a very happy New Year 2016!

I would like to wish everyone a happy festive season and a very happy New Year 2016!

We just had a very mild Christmas and are set to have a warm New Year’s Eve.

In almost 25 years I’ve been in London, I never had such a warm Christmas or a new year, it is amazing that we are still wondering around in our skinny jumpers, even Islamabad (my city of childhood) had only 3C temperature on Christmas day!

I’m not sure if it is a result of the much talked and less acted upon climate change, or just a warm phase in the Pacific Ocean currents, that is tracking between South America and Australia. Whatever the reason, children are disappointed this winter once again, they were anticipating to see some snow and build carrot nosed snowmen in their front gardens. These hopes seems to be dashed now.

While we celebrate the festive season and rush to pick-up those last minute sale bargains, we must remember the plight of the people affected by floods in the north of our country, it is not difficult to imagine how one must feel when they have just lost their total household in the floods.

Christmas is all about love and affection towards others but when you are not even able to be in your own home with your family and friends it must be awful.

Even cities like Manchester, York and Leeds were not spared of floods.

The good news is, while the politicians are scoring points in Westminster to find out who to blame for the weak

flood defences, once again our charities were at the forefront to help those families who were affected by the recent floods with all the means available to them.

Even in London, Crisis, the charity that helps homeless people, had set up its biggest ever homeless project to provide shelter for homeless people during this Christmas.

We also need to remember the people of Syria who are homeless and many still are living in tents in various countries as refugees, often in vey cold and derelict conditions, with no hope to see their homes again.

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