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Weʼre raising £4,500 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.

Derby/Brufut

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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

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  • christine sylla1 month ago
    christine sylla

    christine sylla

    1 month ago

    There are 100 FREE downloads on this remixed track on bandcamp. Get a code to redeem here - http://toumaranke.bandcamp.com/yum . 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 sylla2 months ago
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    christine sylla

    2 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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  • christine sylla2 months ago
    christine sylla

    christine sylla

    2 months ago

    We're just over a quarter of the way there and could do with a bit more help - here's an African morning for you all to enjoy - track is from the FREE CD anyone who donates can have...

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4 months ago

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Page last updated on: 8/6/2018 4:03 PM

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  • Anonymous

    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.

    £25.00

  • Stella East

    Stella East

    Jul 25, 2018

    £20.00

  • Dan

    Dan

    Jul 10, 2018

    Hope you reach your target Chris. Much love. D x

    £20.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Jul 8, 2018

    Good luck!Christopher (global: world & folk music videos)

    £10.00

  • Phil  Dickson-Jardine

    Phil Dickson-Jardine

    Jul 4, 2018

  • Harriet Riley

    Harriet Riley

    Jun 20, 2018

    Sounds fab, I’d love a CD! Good luck on your journey x

    £10.00

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