We are stranded 5,000km away from home. Our airline canceled our tickets. We have no way to go home. We need your help.We are in dire need to return home immediately to formalize our stay in a country where we won’t get murdered for our identities. We need 500 euros/400 pounds/670 US dollars to purchase a ticket that will get us there.
IMPORTANT UPDATE:Good news and bad news. First and foremost, thank you to all backers and people who spread the word and sent their wishes. Thanks to all of you, the good part of it came true.
So, good first: we made it to Stockholm finally! We found a flight from another city (Faro), and we used up our living fund to complete the ticket. We got our suitcase swapped on the bus, but we got that back and made it to the gate with less than 10 minutes left. It was close, but a little over 4 hours later we managed to set foot in Stockholm, Sweden. Thank you for that, things are much easier from here now.
We have successfully approached the Swedish migration board and requested their support. Thankfully, they have been very helpful and got us started with the process right away. Literally. In about an hour or so everything was submitted.
The bad bit: when we arrived, it was 23:50. We had nowhere to stay, the last time we’d seen a bed was about 48h before that, and the migration board was closed. The sofas and places to sleep at the airport were all occupied, and we had little option. Long story short, we had to stay a night in a hotel. The cheapest we found was 525SEK, which converts to 45 British pounds (for other conversions, type 525SEK in [insert currency] in the Google search bar). The next morning, we made our way to the migration board. They were generally very helpful, and I have never seen an official process be submitted this quickly in my whole life. We were told there would be lodging for us, which was a great relief, but when we arrived the accommodation was very crowded, with shared facilities and shared rooms too. Also, there was no access to internet, and we make our living via online freelancing. Normally this wouldn’t be a problem, but Jamie has very serious social anxiety and PTSD (from previous apartments shared with other people where we were harassed a number of times) and he just isn’t able to function in such a crowded environment and he needs to work and catch up whilst we were trying to get back home, so he’ll end up working this whole weekend as we need to earn money and with PTSD it’s heavier. The Migration board suggested we rent an apartment, but they cannot unfortunately assist us financially with that.
We are able to afford the apartment, but we need some help covering other living expenses (especially transport, since we will need to visit the Migration Board’s office very often during this period).
If anyone hasn’t donated or is able to help, could you please chip in with anything you can? At this moment every coin counts, so whatever you can give is enough.
I’m terribly sorry for asking again, you have all been extremely kind and helpful and wasn’t it for you we’d still be 5000km from here with no option or hope.
Thanks again to all of you. Also, we’ll slowly start working on the perks as soon as we can. Additionally, if you would like any perk that’s not in the list, please contact us and we’ll see if we can do it.
If anyone has any questions, please feel free to ask. If your question requires an answer that reveals more personal details, please make sure you don’t submit it anonymously because (as you’ll understand) no one wants personal information floating freely, especially if you are fleeing discrimination.
PLEASE REBLOG AND SPREAD THE WORD
Thank you ever so much.
All the best,