Right now, as we speak, a brutal campaign against LGBTQ+ people is sweeping through Chechnya, a region in southern Russia. Gay men are being held in secret detention centres, where they are being electrocuted and beaten. Many have been turned over to the authorities members of their own family. These are the first alleged concentration camps for LGBTQ+ people since the Holocaust.
Rainbow Railroad is a Toronto-based charity that focuses on helping LGBTQ+
people escape persecution and violence by providing direct travel assistance
where needed. Rainbow Railroad is the only organization in the world providing
this direct assistance.
Since April, when the allegations first surfaced, Rainbow Railroad have helped 35 LGBTQ+ individuals escape from Chechnya, 31 of whom have now arrived safely in Canada. Reports suggest that there remain at least 40 more Chechens who continue to reside in safe houses waiting to leave Russia.
After learning about this ongoing atrocity during a course at St. Francis Xavier University I was motivated to 'do something' and to not just turn a blind eye. I set a goal to raise $12,000 - the amount needed to sponsor a single refugee. To date, I have raised $700 towards this goal through on-campus fundraisers, but I know that the StFX community of students, staff, alumni and friends is generous and I'm still confident that the $12,000 goal can be reached. I have set up this page along with my professor, Dr. Karen Blair, in order to help reach this goal.
For more information, please visit the official website of Rainbow Railroad: https://www.rainbowrailroad.ca
All funds raised will be donated to the Rainbow Railroad, where they put every single dollar towards immediate and direct impact.
Thank you for donating!
To learn more about how this fundraiser came to be, please click here.