2 mn read If you lose your faith in Somalia you lose everything: your family, your friends, your job and your freedom. This happened to Yusuf a few years ago. His family tried to convert him back to islam by sending him to a rehabilitation centre. Being an atheist is about the same as being a drug addict. The only thing that could “cure” him was strict discipline, an intensive religious education, and if you didn’t obey, physical punishment. Case: Yusuf from SomaliaStart date: may 2021Support: living costs and support to flee the countryBudget needed: monthly $250 for living costs plus budget for
4 mn read Can we help provide a safe and healthy space for mother and child? Malaysia / Lebanon Sophia is from a Muslim majority country, a mom and a wife. She has been living abroad with her husband as their marriage is illegal in their home country due to the difference in their religious origins. Their situation has been increasingly dire as covid restrictions change and domestic violence escalates in her marriage, and now Sophia needs a place to live with her child. Case: Sofia from SomaliaStart date: december 2020Support: living costs and support to start a small business to support himselfBudget
< 1 mn read Waiting to get an operation, waiting to get to a safe country Bangladesh/India Fahad was attacked by religious extremists in his home country when they discovered he was debating beliefs with friends. The attack was so bad that he cannot walk and has required medical care since, even going so far as to travel to Thailand with his mother to get a second opinion. Fahad has since fled the country where he grew up out of fear that even worse could happen. He’s in a safer place but is unable to work due to the severe nerve damage he suffered
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The Secular Underground Network connects freethinkers, humanists, atheists and everyone that believes in freedom of thought. Some of our members experience exclusion from their family and friends, some get threats or are imprisoned for what they believe. Besides sharing stories and news, we intend to support these people financially. Currently we are helping:
- a Pakistan family where the father is imprisoned for blasphemy
- several Afghan atheists who are living in the shade to prevent being persecuted by the Taliban
- a Somali family that was able to flee the country but needs to build up a life
- an Indonesian couple that is expelled from the family and jobs because they left religion.
- a young, black, gay man in Yemen, that suffers from medical issues, harassment and discrimination.
With more regular donors we can help more people to survive and build up a future in freedom.