Shahosh was born in Morocco and left his home country when he 23 years old. He moved in the UK at the end of 2014, following religious persecution which he faced under the aegis of Moroccan dictatorship. He was granted asylum in late 2015 but he is still homeless and jobless.
He is a secularist, speaks fluent English, and dresses as any other British and Europeans but he finds himself in isolation at home. When he walks on the streets of London people often wonder about his curly hair and ask if they can touch his hair to see if this is real. As a black Moroccan, he faces racism in London’s streets. He did not have any medical service for 11 months between December 2014 and September 2015.
In his home country he was independent and has completed sixth form education. His dream was to study in a university but his move over UK has made it extremely difficult. Although he has Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK, the expense for education in UK universities is so high that he could not get enrolled in any course yet. He was hoping for a scholarship but nothing is coming by his way. He does not have a paid job to afford tuition fees for studies, and is currently desperately looking for a paid work in London. His situation has resulted in severe level of anxiety and isolation which has negative affects in his mental health.