Hi everyone – a lot has happened over the past few weeks and you all need to be aware of what’s going on in Lebanon.
As you all know, we are privately sponsoring a young family so that they may be united with their family here in Peterborough. Our application has been send to the Government for approval by our Sponsorship Agreement Holder (SAH) – World Renew of the CRC Canada.
We have now heard that our sponsored family was requested to pay $400US by the local Lebanese Government office, as a condition of being allowed to stay in the Country – with the threat of being repatriated to Syria if he doesn’t pay. Through contact with the family, it has also been revealed that Hezbollah is extorting regular payments with threats of physical violence.
Repatriation would certainly mean, at the least imprisonment or, much more likely, death to our Family, as he left Syria because he is not willing to kill his people as part of Assad’s military regime or participate in the killings and butchering happening right now.
The sooner we can get approval for them to join the rest of their family in Peterborough, the sooner we will be able to prevent their possible repatriation to Syria and save their lives. Amany’s Hope has met with the local Member of Parliament’s office of Maryam Monsef, Minister of the Status of Women (1-705-745-2108; Maryam.firstname.lastname@example.org) to implore them to engage the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, The Honourable Ahmed Hussen (1-613-995-0777; Ahmed.Hussen@parl.gc.ca) so that paperwork can be expedited to get this family linked to the Canadian Embassy in Lebanon and safely out to Canada.
We will keep all of you up to date with information on a regular basis and as information become available. Please keep this family in your prayers as we exercise every option available to us to save this family.
I would ask that you – please – share this with your own networks – we need to get this message out! Thank for believing in us and what we’re trying to do!
Siggi Buschhaus, Chairperson Amany’s Hope