ALERT. The families that sheltered US whistleblower Edward Snowden when he was hiding in Hong Kong in 2013 are facing detention and deportation from the city. For more than ten years, their claims for asylum were unanswered. Now, after their role in the escape of Edward Snowden has become public, their claims have been rejected. They can be picked off the streets by the authorities and detained at any time.

Snowden calls for help for his helpers

A brief reminder: The three families shown in the video above are the ones who helped NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden escape from Hong Kong in June 2013. They gave him shelter, fed him, and made sure Snowden got to the airport safely when that window of opportunity opened.

Today, Snowden is safe in Moscow. His saviors are still trapped in Hong Kong. The richest city in the world will not bother about their pleas for asylum, will not provide funds for their children to go to school. The most basic needs such as food, rent, utilities and clothing are not met. And yet, the Hong Kong government will not allow these asylum seekers to work for money either. Instead, they have made something as harmless as washing dishes a criminal offense. It is punishable with 22 months of prison.

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Here is a message from Joseph Gordon-Levitt, the lead actor in the movie "Snowden": 

This page was set up by Sönke Iwersen, the German journalist who broke the story of Snowden's Guardian Angels in Hong Kong for his paper Handelsblatt.

All donations are greatly appreciated and will be used exclusively to help these families.  Funds are needed for their legal defense as well as to pay for medicine, school utensils for their children and every day necessities such as diapers.

The dispersal of the funds is supervised by the human rights lawyers Jonathan Man and Robert Tibbo who are advising both these refugee families and Edward Snowden.
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