My name’s Grant Stanley. I live in Manchester, England and I’m a researcher at Liverpool John Moores University.
My friend Hany is an unfortunate young man to grow up in a country where he isn’t accepted for being himself, a place where he could be thrown off a building just because he is gay. Hany is unable just to pack a bag and and make his way out of the country.
He is a brilliant student with a high level of education who now finds his passport being held by the Syrian government. He needs to pay $10000 to pay off his student loan or else he must work for 12 years in an army that hates gays. If he leaves without paying, his poor family would be forced to sell their home and that would only raise part of the money to cover what he owes.
I’m trying to help him to leave Syria and he has already contacted an LGBT organization in Canada called “Rainbow Railroad”; they agreed to help him but only if he leaves Syria to a nearby country from where they’d get him to a safer country. It is our hope that we’ll be able to get him to Manchester where he can stay with me and my partner. We already consider him as a part of our family and we know would fit right in with us.
It’s not safe for him to stay in Syria as many LGBT people are being executed by Islamic extremists (like ISIS) and even the government would imprison a person for being a homosexual. We can say all parts in the conflict in Syria agree on one thing: hatred for LGBT people. That makes us really scared for Hany’s life.
I wish I had the means to help him but sadly I don’t; that’s why I need your help to raise money to ensure Hany’s safety.
I believe we are all one humanity and nothing should divide us: that’s why I trust that there are people out there who are willing to help another human being. Any contribution, no matter how small, would help us reach our goal and save this young man’s life.