Name: Teri, Ali, Meraj (7) and Rayan (3 soon to be 4)
Background: Hazara, Afghani (Persecuted minority)
Current Location: Indonesia— for over 6 years
Risk of returning:Imprisonment, torture, death
Needs: CAD $28,400 to fund private sponsorship to Canada.
Teri and Ali fled from race-based terrorism attacks in 2015. They have UNCHR refugee status and have been waiting for resettlement for 6 years in Indonesia (they are not allowed to work or have citizen rights, and live off a tiny monthly allowance from UNCHR). The UNHCR has informed them that they will have no chance of resettlement through UNHCR so their only option is to seek private sponsorship in Canada. We need to raise AUD$30,000 before we can start the legal process in Canada (we have strong connections, we just need to have the money first). We have AUD$15 000 from some sponsors already but we need a further AUD $15,000 as soon as possible to formally apply.
All of the money from gofundme is sent to a dedicated bank account here which will be wire transferred to a trust in Canada when we are ready to begin the legal process. Please get in touch if you would like more information or to be in a WhatsApp group for regular updates.
They are dear friends of ours (since 2017) so any prayers and donations would mean so much to us.
I am Ali, a Hazara Asylum seeker from Afghanistan. I have been living in Indonesia since 2015 with my wife and 2 sons who are 7 and 3 years old. I am belonging to the Hazara ethic group who face to different kinds of torture and persecution from other tribes since hundreds of years ago. The Taliban has killed Hazara almost every month and they severely punish people, if they are assisting the Afghan government or NGOs. They will kidnap and punish us, humiliate us and in most of the cases just kill us. The same had happened to my brother who was killed by the Taliban.
Later when the situation got more dangerous, we forced to flee from our country to Indonesia. Since coming to Indonesia we have become Christian, so going back to Afghanistan is not an option and it means death. According to Islamic law (Sharia) in Afghanistan, if we convert to any other religion (including Christianity) we will be punished by death. But we are so grateful that Lord Jesus saved us here and He leads us toward his kingdom. Praise to be Him for His presence in our life, and so thankful, with all the difficulties that we are facing, I still can serve God and help our community through the skills that God has given to me like training refugees martial arts as a volunteer job. Actually we are so blessed to be an active member of our church too; my wife and I are members of worship team, leading bible study groups, serving some new believers in house groups, sharing gospel and baptizing new believers.
Staying in Indonesia means a constant struggle to survive, excluded from all aspects of regular life. We are desperate to find a home and live a normal life. We are living with no rights to work, study , drive, travel or to even hold a bank account. Staying in Indonesia means a life in limbo, excluded from fundamental rights. I want to share a little bit about my oldest son Meraj. He hasn't been in school but everyone knows him as a smart boy. He is seven years old but he is able to read and talk in English fluently, and that's my wife who has been teaching and doing home schooling for him. Honestly, I worry about my children’s future because they are going to grow without going to the school and having a childhood. There is not a night that I don't think about them.
Unfortunately we have been informed by UNHCR several times that we are not going to be resettled in any country. They have been telling us that the only way to resettle is through the Canadian Sponsorship Program. So to build my kids future and have a normal life we keep praying, for God to provide people who will to sponsor us to go to Canada.
God bless you
Please have us in your prayer
Picture (from left to right); Rayan, Ali, Teri, Meraj and Zoe
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