As part of the Shattered Hearts project, we met 14 people and their stories are told here, in French and English, accompanied by a short video. For safety reasons, we blurred the faces of the protagonists and changed their names.
The majority of the stories we’re telling are those of transgender people. The situation of transgender people in Lebanon is extremely difficult. State repression and social stigmatization are ruthless.
Many stories are those of refugees. Lebanon has traditionally been a land of refuge for various groups. However, since the beginning of the civil war in Syria, the presence of large numbers of Syrian refugees in Lebanon has heightened sensitivities, adding the burden of racial discrimination to the gender one.
So far, the goal of the fundraising campaign is to raise CAD 135,000. Needs were assessed as follows:
- An allowance of CAD 6,000 to cover the expenses of rent, food, clothing and transport for a period of 6 months.
- The replacement of furniture and household appliances was estimated at only 5,000 CAD, due to the devaluation of the Lebanese Pound.
- Laptops and mobile phones, considered essential in some cases, were valued according to the current market price in Lebanon at 600 CAD for a laptop and 700 CAD for a mobile.
The funds raised will be deposited into an account in Canada as required by the GoFundME platform and transferred to the NGO MOSAIC in Lebanon at the end of the campaign, in accordance with the banking regulations in effect in Lebanon at that time. We’re fully aware of the continuously changing nature of these regulations in Lebanon during this period of crisis.