We are a lesbian couple (Syrian refugee and a Lebanese) and looking to raise funds to try and get a visa to a safer country.

I have been in Lebanon for about four years now, i've faced racism, sexism, homophobia and sexual harassments more times that i can remember, with no law, government or NGO to protect me. (I can't even go to a police station and file a complaint against anyone or I face the risk of Deportation).
I have a file at the United Nations which apparently no one's seen since the first time i went to them for help!
Apparently my case is not a priority at the UN, they treat the cases in this order: transgender, gay men (cause according to them it's much harder and more dangerous for an Arab man to be gay than a woman!), and then lesbians and other cases.
I've worked for many companies (mostly restaurants and Bars) who some of them decided not to pay me simply because i'm Syrian and there's no law to protect me.
I have faced sexual harassment from managers, co-workers and sometimes even customers, but according to them: there's nothing they can do because i have no legal papers so they just told me to "live with it"... and "just ignore him and get the job done!!!!

The more recent events and struggles I've been facing, is my girlfriend's father, who works a Lebanese political party and is a very dangerous and powerful man, who recently (on June 7th to be exact) found out about us, kicked me out of the house we were living in, and threatened to DEPORT ME IF I EVER GO NEAR HER!
I've been homeless since then. I've tried contacting the UN and an NGO for LGBTQ+ who "supposedly" was trying to help speed up the processing but they have not looked at my case since Jan 5th 2020, the day i was fired from my last job for filing a complaint about sexual harassment.

Since August the 4th the day of the explosion in Beirut a friend called to check on me (in case i was injured or lost my house or anything), i told him i had no house to lose!! i've been sleeping on building's stairs for the past two months and i had no money, no food, no internet connection or even credit on my phone to call anyone for help!!! he immediately sent my number to people who had already started a GofundMe for the LGBTQ+ and i was able to go see them, they found me a place to stay (Haven for artists shelter), they gave me food, clothes and even got a nurse to check on me and have linked me with a therapist to talk to to help me deal with the trauma of the explosion and all the things i've been through... so far it's been good but they can only help me so much...

I have lost hope in my beloved Lebanon... Its getting harder for me to carry on here and would really appreciate any help I can get to try to at first try and find a safe place to stay and get some food. Then hopefully try and apply for a visa where myself and my girlfriend can live, without fear of loving each other...

Any amount, even if you could spare $1 I would be super super appreciated and we're grateful for everything, so please donate if you can... share if not! Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

PS: Sorry for not being able to reply to each one of your comments because we can't login to GoFundMe from Beirut without a (paid VPN), but we sincerely want to thank each and every single one of you (Donors and Sharers).
This Fundraiser was set up by a close friend of ours from London who works in Beirut.


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    • £10 
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    • £20 
    • 2 mos
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    • £15 
    • 2 mos
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    • £20 
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Organizer and beneficiary

Zouzou Younan 
Twickenham, Greater London, United Kingdom
Richard Harlow 

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