Help Save My Friend’s Life!

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Raised by 88 people in 56 months

My dear friend Cléa is in serious danger and she needs help. Her mother, Caroline, became a witness of ongoing economic crime by a highly profitable international company. Ever since, that company made her a target for organized criminal harassment; to the point that her and her daughter had to leave their country and seek asylum. They have become refugees, are in dire need of food, shelter and medical care. At the same time they lack the funds to pay the lawyers who are helping them fight for their freedom, get justice, and get their life back.
Having been in the wrong place at the wrong time, Caroline inadvertently became a witness of the fraudulent activity perpetrated by a powerful international company. Caroline has suffered from this organized harassment against her and her daughter for the past six years. A year ago, the two decided to fight back. They have made a great deal of progress in the last few months, and for the first time in six years, they have a glimmer of hope; but now, they don’t have enough resources left to bring this to an end. The little savings they did have were spent on legal expenses. Some days they have had to choose between paying for a meal or paying their lawyer. They are looking at a homeless, hungry Christmas this year, without a chance of moving forward in their fight for their lives.

Their emergency now: Caroline and Cléa have lost everything: their home and what was in it; have been isolated from their social and professional networks; their online accounts have been repeatedly hacked and tampered with, and both have received multiple severe threats. Furthermore, neither of them have the right to work and Cléa had to stop her pursuit of higher education. They don’t even have access to medical care - which is crucial to Caroline’s health condition.

How your help will be put to use:
Shelter: They need somewhere to live, and even a small room for the two of them has a cost.
Food: They need more than just rice once a day. Caroline has severe health issues, for which a healthy diet is crucial.
Legal fees: Different legal procedures are in progress, such as witness protection and asylum request procedures. These are both lengthy and costly.
Medication: Since Caroline and Cléa are deprived of health insurance, Caroline can no longer afford the medication to treat her condition, let alone pay for any further care for the resulting complications.
How are they holding up: Imagine being a single mother, and while trying to provide for your daughter and yourself, you witnessed an ongoing economic crime in the company you work for. Because of that you lost everything. Friends started turning their backs long ago and without a job, you’re even more isolated and you can’t provide for the two of you anymore. Moreover, now your daughter is in danger too. Of course Caroline and Cléa are affected not only economically, but also emotionally. They are emotionally and physically exhausted; they lack financial and moral support while having to fight for their most basic rights as human beings. They just want their life back – sadly, this seems out of reach.

Let’s change that. Let’s help them get their life back – and restore justice.

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For those of you who got lost along the way or who have doubts, the first page of Caroline and Cléa's asylum request in Iceland, below; a chapter that has been ongoing since January 2015. Their lawyer worked pro bono, which is why the campaign goal was decreased. Many thanks once again for your ongoing support:
"Hæli" means "asylum" in Icelandic
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A message from Cléa:
"Our situation has changed a lot in a year, and we have grown stronger thanks to your continuous support. We would like to express our deepest gratitude to those who have helped us and continue to do so. Thanks to you, I was able to celebrate my birthday with a smile for the first time in three years. We still have a long way to go, but I am hopeful that better times are ahead, and I am more willing to fight than ever. Instead of waiting for the storm to pass, I have learned to embrace the rain. Here's hoping that I will get the chance to thank some of you in person in the near future. With love, Cléa"
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A big, warm, heartfelt thank you to all of those who have shared and contributed. We are both truly humbled and very grateful for your support during this long journey.

We would like to extend our best wishes to you for 2015.

- from Cléa and her mother
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! Thank you - Merci - Danke - Gracias !

(EN) This campaign is global - despite its location it is NOT restricted to Canada.
(DE) Dies ist eine globale Kampagne - trotz der Ortsangabe ist sie NICHT auf Kanada beschränkt.
(FR) Ceci est une campagne globale. Malgré sa localisation, elle N'EST PAS limitée au Canada.
(ES) Esa campagna es global - aunque su lugar dice Canada.
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Raised by 88 people in 56 months
Created December 7, 2014
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