A Out Of Africa

A Out Of Africa

From Faith Cheltenham

I'm raising money for an activist who has become like family to me, Ahmed. He's a dad who is LGBT. He and his two children seek safety after he was exposed as LGBT in his home country. More urgently? He was shot.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How do we know Ahmed?

Ahmed joined the BiNet USA Facebook group in 2015 and asked how he could help. Along with countless others in bi, pan, fluid, and bi+ communities, he volunteered his time in his town to host meetings. With our support online he came out as bisexual, only to be arrested for being LGBT in the country he is from. He is #thelastbisexual activist from a country that once thrived with LGBT community. 

Who has verified Ahmed beyond BiNet USA and Faith Cheltenham?

Ahmed is registered with the UN who have refused needed support for him, like countless other bi+ and LGBT people in Africa. Via Christian missionaries, we found a kind and wonderful volunteer who drove hours to meet Ahmed in person and help BiNet USA document his experience. Next we wrote letters of support to Rainbow Railroad, a non-profit that supports LGBT Africans like Ahmed. All while trying our best to keep him, and his children safe and well through a pandemic. Ahmed first requested Rainbow Railroad support nearly two years ago but Rainbow Railroad reports huge increases in need for support during the pandemic, nonetheless they are working to help Ahmed find safety. If he can just stay alive. 

Further proof of recent life: audio request from Ahmed for support is uploaded as video.

What's it like to be a bi activist in Africa?

  • House gets burned down
  • Mob attacks
  • Partial castration
  • Poisoning of your children
  • *new this week* getting shot, and needing immediate bullet removal

What's the plan?

BiNet USA has helped a number of bi activists across the world reach safety, but it often takes time, as bi activists, especially those with children are often outright denied support and amplification by LGBT organizations, LGBT media outlets, and human rights organizations worldwide. With your support and amplification, perhaps they will remember Ahmed, with urgency. 

With your financial donations we can save his life, or if not, provide Ahmed a proper burial and some support for his children. Here is the breakdown as approved by Ahmed, but these numbers can change.

BUDGET

  • Bullet removal (2) and surgical repair - $400
  • Medicines - $800
  • Surgery for prior attacks to regain walking - $1,600
  • Physical therapy - $600
  • Transportation to safe country - $500 (3) $3000
  • Visa fees - $300(3), $900 for A and his children
  • 1 year housing/food in safe country for A - $ 10,000
  • Fees and tips-$1000
  • Transport of children from A to B to C safely -$1000
  • Consulting fees for BiNet volunteers/grant writers: $5000

Total cost: $24,300

More about BiNet USA

Faith Cheltenham and other volunteers with BiNet USA, or the BiNet USA advisory board, continue to work unpaid due to delays in pandemic support from the Small Business Administration. Widespread reporting shows BiNet USA is not alone in being let down by the SBA, which is unfortunate. Nonetheless, we continue to work towards safety for Ahmed and his children.

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