Personal stories of persecuted freethinkers

  • Help Ahmed, a Persecuted LGBTQ+ Activist from Uganda, and his 6-year-old son Heal and Reunite

    Help Ahmed, a Persecuted LGBTQ+ Activist from Uganda, and his 6-year-old son Heal and Reunite

    9 mn read As an LGBTQ activist in Uganda, Elijah has been tortured and sexually abused by the police, persecuted bij family members. His shop and house have been set on fire and he had to flee the country leaving his adorable children behind. He is in a Rwandan hospital now, where he can not leave if he doesn t pay the bills. Elijah wishes to embrace once again his two little children. He needs your help to get the medications he needs and safely return to his home.

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  • To what extent can I distance myself from this confinement?

    To what extent can I distance myself from this confinement?

    2 mn read In the midst of Afghanistan’s stringent customs and societal norms, I found myself at a crossroads, grappling with the weight of my past decisions. The unexpected turn in my life occurred when I formed a friendship with a young man, and it was decided that he would propose to me. In order to comply with Afghan traditions, we chose to claim that we had no prior knowledge of each other before the marriage proposal, for Afghanistan’s strict rules on pre-marital relationships carried the weight of severe consequences and social criticism.

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  • Seeking Dutch Teacher for Future Netherlands Immigrant

    Seeking Dutch Teacher for Future Netherlands Immigrant

    < 1 mn read Title: Seeking Dutch Teacher for Future Netherlands Immigrant Introduction: Hello everyone! 👋 I’m a motivated medical student with a dream of immigrating to the Netherlands. Exciting times are ahead, and I’m on the lookout for a wonderful Dutch teacher to help me master the language. About Me: As a fluent English speaker and a passionate […]

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  • Save us! Afghan Atheists

    Save us! Afghan Atheists

    < 1 mn read I am an Afghan atheist who is currently living in Afghanistan under the rule of the Taliban and probably many like me spend their days and nights here waiting for their death. Our life here is very difficult, every day there is fear that the Taliban will arrest us today or tomorrow, but the world […]

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  • ‘I’m a Yemeni trans man and my family want to kill me’

    ‘I’m a Yemeni trans man and my family want to kill me’

    < 1 mn read Bring refugees Yahya & Alexander to Busselton Yahya and his partner Alexander are refugees who are hoping to find a safe place to start their new lives. We have been chatting online with Yahya since 2020 and following him receiving UNHCR recognition of refugee status recently, Busselton Pride Alliance Inc are now sponsoring their Visa […]

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  • Stranded in Georgia: The Challenges of Asylum Seekers

    Stranded in Georgia: The Challenges of Asylum Seekers

    3 mn read As an asylum seeker, I have faced numerous obstacles in my journey to rebuild my life. One of the most significant challenges has been the lack of access to basic necessities, such as medical care, employment, and financial support. Unlike other EU nations like Germany, Georgia has yet to provide adequate support to asylum seekers, […]

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  • My Journey as an Ex-Muslim and LGBTQ+ Activist

    My Journey as an Ex-Muslim and LGBTQ+ Activist

    5 mn read My name is Dolly, and I am an ex-Muslim and a lesbian activist. I had to leave my home country, Egypt, to seek asylum in Tbilisi because my life was in danger. I was outed as a lesbian, and not only was I threatened by Islamists, but my Salafist family also posed a risk to […]

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  • Personal letter from Dolly, an LGBTQ-activist from Egypt, struggling to build up a new life in eastern Europe

    Personal letter from Dolly, an LGBTQ-activist from Egypt, struggling to build up a new life in eastern Europe

    5 mn read Dolly Sarkasmo (an alias for her own safety) is a lesbian Ex-Muslim from Egypt. She is an activist, working to secure a better future for LGBTQ people in the middle east. Recently she was able to flee to Georgia in eastern Europe where she awaits her asylum procedure. Now she needs our help to survive […]

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  • Ilham’s world shaken by natural disaster – Episode 6

    Ilham’s world shaken by natural disaster – Episode 6

    11 mn read The earthquake makes life for undercover ex-muslims even more difficult Case: Ilham from AfghanistanStart date: march 7, 2021Support: living costs and support to get a permit to stay somewhereBudget needed: monthly €350 for living costs plus budget for a permanent solution Ilham is a member of this community. If you want to get in touch […]

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  • Blasphemy in Bangladesh – The story of Sagor

    Blasphemy in Bangladesh – The story of Sagor

    3 mn read December 2023 – Freedom of expression is a fundamental human right, enshrined in article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. However, there are governments and individuals in positions of power around the globe that threaten this right. One such way to threaten this freedom is through laws of blasphemy. It virtually silences anyone […]

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  • Leaving Bangladesh was the first hurdle for Shadhin, finding ways to stay safe elsewhere is the second.

    Leaving Bangladesh was the first hurdle for Shadhin, finding ways to stay safe elsewhere is the second.

    14 mn read “I get constant threats from the jihadis on the phone/social media. I’m hiding from them all these years. What if they get to know my location because those people whom we used to trust are even against us now. I’m sick of dealing with them already. I can’t take all these stresses anymore. It has been ongoing for five years now. I am living without freedom and peace and I need to leave this place as soon as possible.”

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  • Disowned by his family, Nahabwe Moses needs help to finish his training as a midwife

    Disowned by his family, Nahabwe Moses needs help to finish his training as a midwife

    3 mn read He’s worked very hard and is almost there to finish his education to become a midwife at the Kagando School of nursing. An exam is all that stands in the way between Nahabwe Moses from Uganda and his much-desired diploma. With this diploma, a whole new world will open for him as he can get […]

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  • 5. Kidnappings, threats and slow procedures test Mumino’s patience

    5. Kidnappings, threats and slow procedures test Mumino’s patience

    9 mn read It has not been a good year since we updated you on Mumino and his family. After their flight from Uganda, they encountered several difficulties and they are still awaiting their asylum request to be processed. Being a refugee in Uganda has many complications. Abductions October 2022 – Mumino and his family lived in a […]

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  • #InMemoriumMonday: We mourn ConfusedHeathen

    #InMemoriumMonday: We mourn ConfusedHeathen

    2 mn read ConfusedHeathen (CH) was an Egyptian assigned female-at-birth trans person. By all accounts, he should be celebrated by the secular community. He founded the r/ExEgypt Subreddit where her felly compatriots gather and discuss the issues. However, this beautiful soul has departed. He died a few weeks ago. The death was announced on the subreddit itself. At […]

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  • Nicks struggle – episode 4

    Nicks struggle – episode 4

    9 mn read At a certain time, Nickie and his girlfriend were sleeping on plastic chairs in front of a store and neither of them had a job. Nickie’s family did not support him in any way. October – 2022: Honestly, I was devastated. Ever since I said I’m not a believer three years ago, my parents and […]

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  • #InMemoriam: Wish you were here, Sarah Hegazi

    #InMemoriam: Wish you were here, Sarah Hegazi

    2 mn read Gone but not forgotten In the east of Toronto’s downtown, visitors will find a buzzing neighborhood called the Church and Wellesley Village. This area, located on Church Street and Wellesley Street East, is the city’s LGBTQ district.  Just north of the intersection that forms the center of the neighborhood, is the 519 community center. In […]

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  • Adopt a refugee for $3 per month

    Adopt a refugee for $3 per month

    3 mn read Ever since I’ve been involved in helping freethinkers and those on the run for their convictions, I’ve noticed one thing in particular. They have to survive all by themselves in a world that is often very hostile towards them. Loneliness, depression, trauma and poverty go hand in hand. Millions of people around the world are […]

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  • Finding hope amidst the depth of despair

    Finding hope amidst the depth of despair

    4 mn read It is not much of an easy task to keep your head up when everything is all working against you when everything around you screams of ageing owes for you to simply just let go, neither it was something I have ever done myself, but in the most of hurtful times I’ve experienced in my life, […]

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  • The story of Amir – fighting against diabetes, homophobia and Islamic radicalism in Yemen

    The story of Amir – fighting against diabetes, homophobia and Islamic radicalism in Yemen

    3 mn read Deserted by his family, jobless and fighting against diabetes, Amir needs support to find a safe accommodation and to afford his medications Amir (we are using an alias, for safety reasons) is from San’a’, the capital of Yemen, a country where radical Islamism is still deeply rooted. As a gay man, he was never accepted […]

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  • The story of Muhammad Kiiza – an atheist that grew up in a Muslim village in rural Uganda

    The story of Muhammad Kiiza – an atheist that grew up in a Muslim village in rural Uganda

    3 mn read A study by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life found that 97% of Ugandans are believers, and the fact that professions of atheism are invariably met with incredulity has prompted most of Uganda’s atheists to keep their scepticism in the closet. Muhammad Kiiza is one of those atheists. He is from the Bukolho […]

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