Edward Snowden, in a tweet on December 5, 2016:
Reports say the refugees who sheltered me in Hong Kong have had some benefits cut in retaliation. Will Canada help?
When Edward Snowden first came forward and revealed the NSA’s illegal mass surveillance in 2013, an unlikely group of heroes helped him stay safe in Hong Kong: three extremely poor refugee families with almost nothing to their name.
Meet Ajith, Vanessa with daughter Keana, Nadeeka and Supun with daughter Sethumdi. They are the refugees who sheltered Snowden in Hong Kong in his time of greatest need.
Their remarkable and heroic story was told for the first time recently in the International Media. When the refugees met Snowden, the entire US intelligence apparatus and every policeman in Hong Kong was looking for him.
Still, despite living in one of the poorest parts of Hong Kong, and with barely enough resources to feed themselves, these heroes took Snowden in and sheltered him. They became Snowden’s Guardian Angels.
Now these angels and their families need our help.
For the Refugees
After their role in the saga of Edward Snowden became public, the refugees have been stripped of the modest support owed to them by the Hong Kong government.
In recent interviews, Snowden’s Guardian Angels have said that they wish to find peace and security in Canada, and have asked Canadians for help. For The Refugees, an NGO founded by three Montreal lawyers, decided to answer this call.
We are working entirely for free to help get these people and their children food and shelter in the coming months. Soon, we hope to relocate them somewhere safe.
This campaign is dedicated to raising funds for Snowden’s Guardian Angels and for Canadians to let our government know that we believe these exceptional individuals belong in our communities.
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