Aisha is a 32-year-old Algerian mother of two. She and her husband are ex-Muslim atheists suffocated by an Islamic society that is extremely intolerant of apostates and atheists. Under immense social pressure and in protest against the patriarchal and oppressive nature of the Islam, Aisha shot a video of herself burning a Quran which was uploaded to Tik Tok and Facebook. Death threats have already started being launched at her and her family. Aisha MUST escape from Algeria with her husband and two children immediately! Algeria’s blasphemy law is enshrined in its penal code and the act of insulting Islam carries a maximum jail sentence of up to 5 years. So, the best case for Aisha if she stays in Algeria is a possible 5-year prison sentence away from her husband and two young children. The worst case for Aisha is her and/or her family’s death at the hands of savage Islamic fundamentalists.
The money AAI raises will go toward helping Aisha and her family escape from Algeria as soon as possible. Atheist Alliance International’s ASN (Atheist Support Network) Team have estimated relocation costs at $3000 USD for Aisha and her family. Aisha needs our help urgently! Please help us save Aisha and her family. Freedom of expression should never be accompanied by a prison sentence, nor a death penalty.
"I talked to Aisha yesterday. I could hear the fear in her voice as she talked about being in hiding. I heard the anger as she talked about being forced to be in a religion that she no longer believes in. In 2015, she became an atheist, she has been shunned or harassed by her family since the time she revealed her non-belief. She went to university and is well educated.. Her husband has been an ex-Muslim for longer and has had to pretend to believe. Their children are forced to study Islam in the schools. She does not want this for her children but has no choice in Algeria.
She burnt the Quran out of anger and solidarity for the young Tunisia woman who was recently sentenced to prison for blasphemy (she made a song to one of the passages in the Quran - yes, that was her only crime). Now she has death threats and fears arrest. I'm thankful for one of our Arabic speaking volunteers who provides emotional support to her daily. She doesn't ask for money, she just wants to get out and be safe. However, we all know it takes money to get to safety. Please help if you can."
~Khara Tina Hamilton, Atheist Alliance International's Regional Director of North America and Director of AAI's Atheist Support Network Team
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