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Kamran’s refugee sponsorship to Canada.

Please help us sponsor Kamran, a gay Iranian refugee who fled blackmailers who threatened to “out” him in Iran, only to be held in detention by the Australian Government for six years on Manus Island.


He’s university educated in web development, has been teaching computer skills to fellow refugees on Manus Island, and aspires to continue his career in Canada.

We’re raising money to support his application for private sponsorship in Canada, for which the Canadian government requires $18,000 CAD to support resettlement costs. We have raised over $13,000 so far (Sept 25 2019).

Please contribute now and help Kamran escape to a new life in Canada.



UPDATE 4 OCTOBER 2019  --  CURRENTLY $18,010



Thanks to all who have already donated so generously

Kamran's name has been altered to protect his safety........

Kamran, a software engineer in his 30s, was forced to flee his home, his family and his life in Tehran, Iran. He fled after being blackmailed by friends of his ex-partner. 

They threatened to ‘out’ him to the religious police if he did not pay increasing bribes. Unable to continue paying the blackmailers, Kamran was forced to flee the country.

He has reason to believe that the authorities were investigating him, and cannot return to Iran due to fear of being found out for his homosexuality, a crime punishable by imprisonment, corporal punishment or execution in Iran.

Kamran's story

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For the past six years, Kamran has been stranded on Manus Island, Papua New Guinea, as part of the Australian government’s refugee deterrence policy. He has been assessed as a valid refugee and it is unlawful for Australia to return him to face persecution in Iran, but because he arrived by boat, Australia refuses to resettle him -- instead leaving him stranded indefinitely on Manus. 

The conditions on Manus are horrific; the United Nations has determined that the situation is dangerous, and that the physical and mental health of the men there is deteriorating with ongoing violence and daily incidents of self-harm. According to PEN International, "Manus Island has become notorious for its ill-treatment of detainees where violence, sexual abuse and self-harm are reportedly common". 


What we need

$18,000 is the estimate of what will be needed to cover expenses. The funds raised will be used to pay income guarantee as required by Canadian authorities, startup costs, and other incidental expenses.

2018 Buddies Refugee Support Group

Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia


 PO BOX 367, Buderim 4556


 0412 673 028 or by email