Sam, Nipa and their 4 children dream of a stable, safe home in Canada. Eight years ago, Sam was forced to flee his home in Pakistan, or face death for his Christian faith.
Now a refugee in Thailand, Sam, his partner Nipa and their children have lived in legal and emotional limbo ever since. Sam can’t work to support his family, and Nipa lives with the daily threat of Sam being separated from her and the kids if he is picked up for arbitrary detention.
Name: Sam, Nipa, Ester (6), Issac (4), Liora (2) and Will (10 months)
Profile: Christian family living stateless in Thailand
Advantages: UNHCR certified, Sam has strong English, Sam & Nipa have their own film production company
Risk of staying in Thailand: Arrest, detention (he has been jailed twice already); family split apart
Risk of returning: Death at the hands of extremists in Pakistan
The Opportunity: Private sponsorship to Canada
Financial Need: $35,500 CAD (or $29,400 USD)
Sam was born in Pakistan to a Christian family. Christians are a minority in Pakistan, and Al-Qaeda target Christians because of their faith. Sam experienced discrimination and persecution even as a child.
Nipa is Thai. She met Sam in Thailand, where they fell in love and started their family. Sam has no status in Thailand as a refugee. They can’t be married. He can’t become a Thai citizen. They must find a new country for their family to call home.