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We are urgently seeking support from the community to help raise funds to ensure that a University of East Anglia (UEA) Afghan PhD student and his young family can leave Afghanistan and return back to the UK. Hassan (whose name has been changed to protect his identity), his wife and small children have been in hiding in Afghanistan for the past year, living in unimaginable conditions whilst they await evacuation to the UK. The winter months were spent without much food, clean water, medicine and heating, moving from one safe house to another in the rural hinterland.

The family found out only last month that they will have to make their own way to the UK. Hassan and his wife have both been receiving direct threats from the Afghan state. He, for being an academic, was held at gunpoint, while his wife, who is an activist on women’s rights and girls education, has been threatened on more than one occasion. They now need to leave to survive.

Hassan and his family urgently need to travel out of Afghanistan to a third country where they will be able to apply for a visa to the UK. We are asking for support to raise enough funds to cover the travel and visa costs this family will incur in order to reach safety.

How can you help?

1. Donate to the UEA University of Sanctuary fundraising page-

2. Take part in our UK wide sponsored walk/run/cycle during the National Refugee Week, 20th - 26th June 2022, and ask members of your family and friends to sponsor you by donating to the Justgiving page. To sign up, please email, stating how far you wish to walk/run/cycle and we will add your details to the fundraising page. Please note, all members above will be undertaking their sponsored activity individually at different points throughout the week from 20th-26th June.