Canada or Torture: We Must Welcome Edward Snowden's Guardian Angels
“They could be arrested at any time. The children could be separated from their parents, and the families could be returned to the very places where they face torture or worse. If we're going to protect these families, we need your help. Please, if you're watching this, if you care in any way, call the minister of immigration in Canada (1-613-995-0777). If we wait, we'll all wonder why we didn't do more.”
- Edward Snowden
When Edward Snowden first revealed the NSA's illegal mass surveillance in 2013, an unlikely group of heroes helped him stay safe in Hong Kong: refugee families with young children and almost nothing to their name.
Ajith, Vanessa, her daughter Keana, Nadeeka, Supun, and their daughter Sethumdi sheltered Snowden in his time of greatest need.
Despite living in one of the poorest parts of Hong Kong, with barely enough resources to feed themselves, these heroes took Snowden in and sheltered him.
Now Snowden's Guardian Angels need our help. On May 12 Hong Kong rejected their asylum claims. They could be deported any time to the countries they fled years ago, Sri Lanka and the Philippines, and face persecution, imprisonment, torture or death.
For the Refugees, a Canadian not-for-profit organisation, has applied to sponsor these refuges in Canada, one of the few countries where they can immigrate. We are calling on minister Hussen to expedite the process and bring these heros to Canada.