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The Aman Project LGBTQ is crowdfunding

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Weʼre raising £15,000 to save LGBTQ people from torture and death in the Middle East

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I was sure they would find me and kill me. I had nowhere to run and no money in my pocket. That was when I contacted the Aman Project, and my life suddenly changed". (Ahmed, 28)

When Ahmed*, 28, woke up to find his country overtaken by religious militia, he was sure he would die. Within hours he had received death threats by phone because he was LGBTQ. He had to run away from home instantly, leaving everything he ever knew, and with nowhere to go.

Sadly, Ahmed's story is not unique. LGBTQ people across the Middle East live every day under threat of being killed by armed militias acting in their own interpretation of religious law. Many live in isolation, and some are actively on the run , separated from their families, friends and partners.

The Aman Project has been working ceaselessly to find pathways out of countries controlled by religious fundamentalists hostile to LGBTQ people, especially in recent months. In many areas leaders have historically executed many of the LGBTQ community, but in others there have been more recent surges of homophobic attacks and murders of gay men . We are helping endangered individuals to relative safety until they are able to apply for and receive asylum.

When Ahmed contacted us, we were able to place him in safe accommodation and supply him with funds for necessities as he had to live in hiding without employment.

While in hiding, we helped Ahmed tell his story in the international press. At that stage, he did not know what would happen to him, but he feared the worst. The only thing that kept him going was the support from our activists so he felt he was not alone.

I have never felt so surrounded by love and acceptance in my life before." (Ahmed)

Then in late September, Ahmed was able to leave Afghanistan. Read all about his amazing journey featured on CNN! Now Ahmed wants to be an LGBTQ advocate and help people in the same situation as him.

In order to continue helping people like Ahmed, we desperately need your help. Even the smallest donation makes a difference. We need your support to help those who are unable to buy food or make necessary phone calls, or for potential transportation costs for those able to leave the country.

$20 could pay for vital phone credit for a month

$50 could pay for a room in a safe house for a month

$100 could go towards legal support to help file an asylum application.

If you're wondering whether your donation is too small - it isn't! Every penny makes a huge difference to someone desperately in need like Ahmed.

I had no hope left. But now I see that there is hope for the future, and through the Aman Project there is hope for me." (Ahmed)

If you are an LGBTQ+ person in danger in the Middle East or know anyone who is, please get in touch via aman.lgbtq.project@gmail.com and we will do everything we can to help.

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to keep in touch! Thank you!

Photo credit: Aman Project

(* Names have been changed to protect privacy)

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  • The Aman Project  LGBTQ2 months ago
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    The Aman Project LGBTQ

    2 months ago

    We are almost half way to our target already!!! 47%!!! Who can help us get to 50% of target? Thank you so much for donating, and if you can help share our link to reach more people, together with a quick personal message as to why our cause is important to you, it will be so helpful! It's wonderful to know we will be able to reach people in need, and with your help, we will reach many more!

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  • The Aman Project  LGBTQ2 months ago
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    The Aman Project LGBTQ

    2 months ago
    Update from the Page owner

    WOW! We are at 35% after just 2 days of fundraising!! THANK YOU to all our wonderful supporters who have pushed us this far - this will make such a difference to LGBTQ people in hiding, both physically and psychologically, knowing that you are supporting them! PLEASE can you help share our link to your friends & family? The further Ahmed's story travels, the more people can be helped. If you are able to share our crowdfunder around your own networks then the more traffic the link will receive. Let's spread the word to help more people in need!

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    The Aman Project LGBTQ

    2 months ago
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    YOU ARE ALL AMAZING!!! OVER A QUARTER OF OUR TARGET ON OUR FIRST DAY!!! THANK YOU SO MUCH, LET'S KEEP GOING, WE CAN DO THIS!

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Page last updated on: 11/12/2021 13.28

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  • M.E.Y.

    M.E.Y.

    Nov 12, 2021

    Thanks for helping the LGBTQ+ community in Afghanistan.

    £35.00

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    Anonymous

    Nov 2, 2021

    £10.00

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    Asmar Tiba

    Oct 22, 2021

    support 🌈

    £24.00

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    Cosmos

    Oct 19, 2021

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    Oct 19, 2021

    £20.00

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    Grady

    Oct 16, 2021

    £100.00

  • James

    James

    Oct 15, 2021

    Sorry for not making it to the show. We ran out of time. James from Seattle!

    £30.00

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We are a group focused on helping LGBTQ refugees from danger in the Middle East to safety. Email us at aman.lgbtq.project@gmail.com

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