Urgent Action for Randa

Publié le 27 décembre 2009

Randa is an Algerian transsexual woman, founder and leader of AbuNawas, the Algerian LGBT Group Activist.

Dear friends,

In April 2009, we have helped an Algerian transsexual woman who has survived many death threats get a visa to come to Beirut. It had become dangerous for her to live in Algeria, and she landed in Beirut hoping to apply for Asylum to another country from here so she can continue her trans operations and live her life without fear. At the time, we had welcomed her into our community, expecting her to stay with us for a few months, maybe more, while we provided the financial and emotional support she needed.

The past few weeks have been especially difficult as she was arrested at the General Security (GS) while applying for a work permit, because of a case of mistaken identity. When that happened, we immediately contacted a lawyer with whom we are still working very closely to get our friend out of prison. The military tribunal cleared her name within 24 hours, nevertheless, the GS are still detaining her for further investigations with regards to her residency/work permit.

Currently detained at the GS, it has become clear to us that there is a need that we, as a community, come together in order to support one of our own who is in a crisis situation. Some of us have written her letters, some have visited her bringing along bags of fruits & vegetables, a bit of cash and words of comfort, some have snuggled her hormones in little bottles, along with chocolate and books, to her jail cell, some have gotten together to organize fundraisers, etc.

As amazing and meaningful as these acts of support and friendship have been and as much as they are needed at the moment, we are still quite far from being able to cover the expenses that are at hand. The lawyer has informed us that the expenses of this case (including minimal lawyer fees and work permit costs) will range somewhere between 2000 USD - 3000 USD and will be urgently needed the day our friend is given a residency permit which will (hopefully) be very soon.

We are relying entirely on donations and the smallest contributions go a long way. We are a community of hundreds, if not thousands of people, and if each one of us managed to donate at least 10 USD and suggested that their friends do the same, we can put together a support fund in a matter of days. If for any reasons you cannot donate at the moment, there’s still a lot of actions that you can do to be more involved with this case.

For your contributions and donations, please send an email to Lynn.

It’s at times like these that we must stick close together as community and show that we care for each and every one of us, especially when that "one of us" is going through difficulties.

Thank you for your support !

Lynn


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