Poppy and her mother Leanne Dunleavy, 30, have been in and out of homeless shelters for the past two years. Ms Dunleavy, a hair stylist, says they became homeless due to unforeseen circumstances and that she does not expect her situation to change anytime soon.
A video of a little girl sobbing after being told she has to spend her third Christmas in a hostel has highlighted the plight of the many young victims of Ireland’s housing crisis.
Her video has racked up more than 167,000 views on Facebook, with many people blaming the Irish Government for Ms Dunleavy’s situation.
One Facebook user wrote: ‘Poor child everyone needs to get out and march, bring this country to a stand still, that’s what needs to happen.’ Another said: ‘Utterly heartbreaking to watch, this country is a bloody disgrace.’
Homeless: The heartbreaking video of little Poppy, four, was filmed by her mother Leanne Dunleavy, 30, from Dublin, Ireland, who has been homeless for the past two years
The short clip shows Poppy distraught with red puffy cheeks and tears streaming down her face.
Ms Dunleavy is heard asking her why she is upset, to which a crying Poppy replies: ‘Because I have nowhere to stay, because we have nowhere else.’ s Dunleavy then replies by asking how does that make you feel, to which little Poppy replies with ‘sad’.
Trying to make her daughter feel better, Ms Dunleavy insists: ‘But we’re going to be together.’
However, Poppy is still in bits, and cries out that she misses her old dog ‘Milly’.
Heartbreaking: Little Poppy is seen crying having been told she will be spending a third Christmas without a home
One of many: Poppy is one of more than 3,700 children who are currently homeless and living in emergency accommodation in Ireland
Ms Dunleavy, again tries to reassure her child by saying; ‘When we get a new house we’ll get a new dog’.
‘I don’t want to get a new dog’ cries out Poppy before her mother replies says: ‘We’ll get a new house though won’t we.’
Poppy then cries further before asking: ‘Can I get a new dog?’
Speaking today, Ms Dunleavy said no child should have to suffer homelessness, as Poppy prepares for her third homeless Christmas.
She said: ‘I just wanted to show the government how it’s not only the parents that suffer because we get on with it.
‘It’s tearing the children apart, no child should be spending Christmas for the third time in homeless accommodation and by the looks of things it will probably be a fourth Christmas next year.
‘Loads of lovely people have contacted me and a lot of women that are in the same situation and other people that used to be in the same situation.’
Source: Daily Mail
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