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We are Vinas and Lital, a married couple of an Iranian and an Israeli. Unfortunately, the politics prevent us from entering our home countries.
Help us survive this tragic situation. We believe that with your support, we can get through, and find a home in the world for our family.
We met at a "Peace in the Middle East" themed camping event in Turkey, in the spring of 2018, fell in love and decided we want to spend our lives together.
As you know, both our governments have problems with each other, and we cannot enter our countries anymore.
We have been asylum seekers in Cyprus for almost 3 years, in very difficult daily realities: We were not permitted to work in regular jobs, we were unemployed and we were not supported by the country's welfare system. For most of our time in Cyprus we have been homeless.
After waiting for 2 years and 9 months, in October 2021 we were granted a refugee status in Cyprus.
After realizing that even though we got Cyprus residency, we will not be eligible to become citizens, we moved to Portugal in October 2022.
We currently stay on a small farm in exchange for animal care and we are doing our arts (check out our natural creations on Instagram thebasketlady and here in the rewards), that we also offer at the local markets and we hope to get back on our feet soon.
It isn't simple for us but we decided to share our story and ask for help in order to change this situation. We have created this crowdfunding campaign, and named it "Support stateless family". You can also find us on YouTube, Instagram and Facebook.
This fundraiser allowed open hearted people to support us over the last 3 years, and you literally helped us to survive difficult times when we were in need.
With the donations that we will gratefully receive we will be able to pay for basic living expenses and to find a place to stay.
Starting a life in a new country is not easy, let alone that we were in survival mode for the past 3 years, with no income or certainty. We wish to live peacefully on our own piece of land with many animals.
We are offering our supporters unique and beautiful handicrafts that we make using natural materials: Jewellery, dream catchers, woven accessories, baskets and traditional Persian flutes.
Those would make lovely handmade holiday gifts!
We also hope that by sharing our story we will be able to reach people that can and want to help us.
Please donate to our cause and help us to build our lives. We will appreciate any kind of support, and you can be a part of changing our future for the better.
If you wish to help us, please also share our story (this page) to more people and in the social medias.
Vinas and Lital.
P.S Our full story as it was featured on Newsweek America.
The full documentary film:
ASYLUM Love has no borders (2021)
Click here to stream.
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Asylum wins a best documentary awardUpdate posted by Lital Ben Haim at 08:04 pm
ASYLUM - LOVE HAS NO BORDERS WINS AWARD! We are delighted to say ANASTASIA has won the BEST DOCUMENTARY award at the GLADIATOR FILM FESTIVAL based in Turkey! Given that this powerful documentary rotates around the true life story of Asylum Seekers Vinas and Lital (who are Iranian and Israeli),. . . . .
More fantastic news!Update posted by Lital Ben Haim at 03:16 pm
Absolutely delighted and proud to announce, Anastasia's film ASYLUM - LOVE HAS NO BORDERS has been officially selected for the LIBERATION DOCFEST BANGLADESH ... the premiere film festival in Bangladesh which specialises in Human Rights and Freedom issues.I'm deeply touched as Bangladesh is a country that put an entry ban
Dreaming of a home in PortugalUpdate posted by Lital Ben Haim at 03:34 pm
Hello everyone! We are doing well, enjoying our time in central Portugal, where we are learning some skills living in an off grid farm and taking care of the farm animals. We would love to have a piece of land for ourselves, where we can make a home with many. . . . .
We moved to PortugalUpdate posted by Lital Ben Haim at 09:20 am
Thank you all so much for the kind words. It warms my heart to know that you care and that you are happy for us. Portugal so far has been a roller coaster and we had to move around several times until we found the beautiful people and the farm. . . . .
ASYLUM screening in NicosiaUpdate posted by Lital Ben Haim at 05:47 am
We are happy to invite you to a free screening of ASYLUM Love has no borders, with Greek subtitles!!This will take place in Nicosia on the 14th of October, it seems like we will be there in spirit. Share it and tag people who might be interested in coming. Our
On the road, in a search for our placeUpdate posted by Lital Ben Haim at 10:45 am
3 weeks ago we left Cyprus, to explore the Balkans and find a wild place to live in. We are currently in north Bulgaria.NEEDED: EUROPE CONNECTIONS The journey continues, and it's not easy at all!After two weeks in beautiful Romania, we went to Serbia but were denied entrance at the. . . . .
Next stepsUpdate posted by Lital Ben Haim at 08:55 am
Being free to travel, we now work out the next steps.Our goal is to migrate to a more welcoming country where we can get a residency and within few years also citizenship with a decent passport.So we are considering our options...Our best chance is to get a work contract, genuine. . . . .
Finally! Great newsUpdate posted by Lital Ben Haim at 02:59 pm
Hello everyone! We are very excited about this update! Yesterday, after months of going and coming, we received our documents from the migration office, the residency cards and the refugee passports!!! It took only 5 months since we made the application for the documents, only 6.5 months since we were
ChangesUpdate posted by Lital Ben Haim at 03:52 am
It's been a while since we last updated what's going on with our lives. 1. After we were granted a refugee status in October, we had to wait until the appointment in January in Migration office to submit the applications for a residency card and refugee passport, till this day. . . . .
Like a story from a bookUpdate posted by Lital Ben Haim at 10:39 am
We gave interviews worldwide, but this one is truly special. Thank you Theo Panayides and Cyprus Mail for this beautifully written interview, revealing things that we never spoke of before, and giving a glimpse of our personalities.Theo is a film director and we felt like we're in a story from
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