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£1,475raised of £4,500 target by 55 supporters

    Weʼve raised £1,475 to get a spouse visa for Moussa Sylla to come to the UK and join his wife Chris who is carer for her elderly parents.

    Funded on Sunday, 9th September 2018

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    Eight years together. Eight years apart. ... Our story is a true 'struggle against the odds' romance. Both of us are musicians. Moussa is a Guinean, currently resident in The Gambia, Chris is a UK citizen. We have been together for eight years, married for almost six. Along with some friends, we are Toumaranke , a band playing West African music in the tradi-modern genre. None of us earn much. We made our debut album in The Gambia in 2014, with crowdfunding. It used up all our financial resources.

    Chris's elderly parents have needed more and more of her time. It has become increasingly hard for her to leave the UK. Chris now lives with her parents as full-time carer.

    We have never been able to reach the financial criteria of £18,600 per year for a spouse visa for Moussa to settle in the UK. And we have made repeated, unsuccessful attempts to obtain a visa for Moussa even to visit. Any money we have managed to earn has disappeared on Skype calls and plane tickets.

    Imagine our delight to discover that as a full-time carer, Chris is no longer required to meet the £18,600 requirement to apply for a spouse visa for Moussa. At last our dream of a life together, the the same country, can become a reality. There are still daunting costs, however:

    £1,523 to apply to the Home Office

    £600 immigration health surcharge

    £1,300 legal fees

    £350 for Moussa to travel to Dakar and take the required English exam

    £400 (aprox) for Chris to fly out to The Gambia so they can come back to the UK together when the visa is granted

    £700 (aprox) for Moussa's flight to the UK

    This doesn't even begin to include money for: innoculations, clothes, phonecalls, photocopying (there's going to be a LOT of paperwork and the Home Office insists on at least one copy of everything), scanning and faxing in a country where the electricity often runs out, travel costs to the British Embassy in The Gambia - etc etc..

    We'll happily donate a Toumaranke CD to anyone who supports us who wants one (friends and students who already have a CD will receive our abundant gratitude instead).

    When wife and husband are finally united, we will be able to work together properly; to make the music we love, to pour all our creative expression into CD no.2. If we can make a CD, seperated by the Altantic Ocean, just imagine what else we can do when we're living in the same country, in the same house...

    With love, Moussa and Chris



    • christine sylla4 months ago
      christine sylla

      christine sylla

      4 months ago

      We're working hard with 'supervised study' for the IELTS exam. Just to give you an idea of how very difficult it is we spent 40mins this morning looking at answers to the Q's about 'hobbies and interests' & in that time the internet connection cut out 6 times. Trying to look at a youtube 'example' video can take days because of the dreadful internet connection (especially during the rainy season which it now is!) & is using up a lot of money i for data on his phone as cybercafes are no better & there isn't a reliable one near where he lives.

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    • christine sylla5 months ago
      christine sylla

      christine sylla

      5 months ago

      There are 100 FREE downloads on this remixed track on bandcamp. Get a code to redeem here - . If you've donated or not have one to enjoy, or if you want to 'swap' one for money to help us that's very groovy too. with best wishes from moussa & Chris

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    • christine sylla5 months ago
      christine sylla

      christine sylla

      5 months ago

      The next possible IELTS exam is September 20th so we're waiting rather longer than we had hoped. In the meantime it's 'off season' in the Gambia so not much work for musicians and Moussa is in Guinea supervising the building of a house for his family who've just sold some of their land so expenses are rising and work is short... We've got a couple of musical treats coming up so hope to boost funds that way, in the meantime all your donationsa most gratefully accepted...

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    Page last updated on: 9/3/2018 2:24 PM



    • Anonymous


      Sep 3, 2018

    • Christina Lindley

      Christina Lindley

      Sep 3, 2018

      Hi Chris, all the best in raising this dosh! Look forward to seeing you again before too long. xxx


    • Gail Bohanna

      Gail Bohanna

      Sep 2, 2018

      Sorry it can`t be more. xx


    • Linda Winn

      Linda Winn

      Sep 2, 2018


    • Anne Howells

      Anne Howells

      Sep 1, 2018

    • Anonymous


      Aug 6, 2018

    • Tim Richardson

      Tim Richardson

      Jul 25, 2018

      Hi Chris, a bit more for your Moussa campaign, raised from Summer Drum Day. Hope he get's here.


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