THE NEWLY-crowned Miss England has met with Afghan refugees to help distribute food and aid as they arrive in Britain.
Rehema “Remi” Muthamia, 25, welcomed families fleeing Afghanistan at her first public appearance in Walsall, West Midlands, since clinching the Miss England title two weeks ago. Ms Muthamia volunteered with Midlands International Aid Trust to distribute donated food and supplies to new arrivals as they arrived in Britain.
Ms Muthamia, a health technology consultant from northwest London, said: “I was delighted to be invited to the launch of such a worthy humanitarian effort.
“As soon as I heard what the charity was doing I knew I wanted to support it as so many frightened people are being evacuated from Afghanistan right now.
“These refugees have been forced to flee through no choice or fault of their own and move countries which must be pretty daunting, especially for young children. They have to acclimatise to a new country and learn a new language and you can’t fathom what some of these people have been through to get here.”
She said she wants to do everything she can to help the refugees start a new life after hearing the traumatic stories of what they had suffered in Afghanistan.
Professor Abdul Gatrad OBE, charity chief executive and director, has sourced £30,000 worth of goods such as blankets, clothing, toys, tinned foods, cereals and toiletries which will be distributed to refugees settling in the West Midlands area.
Professor Gatrad said: “What we are doing is supporting local and government efforts to help those who helped us in Afghanistan. I would like to thank members of the local police, Walsall Council and various sections of the community who helped us unload 30 pallets from a double decker truck, demonstrating community cohesion in action.”
The Miss England champion, who spent part of her childhood in Kenya, has overcome hardship of her own as a former victim of domestic abuse after being hounded by her former boyfriend.
During her acceptance speech she vowed to use her high profile new role to help others, including women who are trapped in abusive relationships.
She will now represent England at the 70th Miss World in Puerto Rico later this year.