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African HRC Congratulates Engaged Asylum Couple

Imagine losing your country, your home, your family, your friends, your community and after running for your life, you arrive on foreign soil with no money, no possessions - knowing only one person – we need your help!

After years in limbo and a long harrowing journey, a young lesbian couple, from Angola, in their mid twenties, Mari and Cara have miraculously made their way to the United States.

African HRC is helping them to realize their dream - to attain their freedom and to marry in San Francisco. Please join us in congratulating this brave young couple.

Now seeking asylum from terrifying persecution and exiled from a country that criminalizes and outlaws same-sex love, they are planning a courageous and historic wedding at San Francisco City Hall, scheduled for April. They may be the first asylum seeking lesbian couple to marry at San Francisco City Hall.

Deeply in love for over 7 years, Mari and Cara are about to realize their dream of freedom and recognition of their love.

Their arrival in San Francisco, with no money and only 2 weeks of accommodation, may be what has saved their lives, yet the challenges ahead are daunting.

Asylum seekers can only apply for a work permit after six months from the date of the filing of the asylum application. It usually takes at least 3 months to find pro bono legal services and then at least 1 to 2 months to prepare the cases for filing.

Mari and Cara have been surviving on the generosity of a few community members – but it is not nearly enough to cover their immediate and urgent needs. And now we want to give them the wedding of their lives.

Contact: Melanie Nathan

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