Aid and rehabilitation for a former political prisoner who left Belarus

  • Story

I am a photographer and artist with a background in the Kupalovsky Theater and a successful collaboration with the liquidated portal But in December 2022 my life radically changed when my husband and I were detained by the GUBOPIK. We were interrogated and placed on Okrestin. My husband was able to get out after 11 days, but I remained there for three weeks. Afterwards a criminal case was brought against me under article 342 (organization and preparation of actions that grossly violate public order or active participation in them), I was put on a list of extremists and transferred to a detention center. All this time I faced psychological violence, and every moment was filled with fear and humiliation. Male guards undressed me for their entertainment, repeatedly interrogated me and subjected me to abuse.

I spent almost 4 months in a prison cell, twice fell ill with COVID-19 (without proper treatment, as medication was almost never given), I often had to suffer from vomiting, high blood pressure and vascular deterioration. During this time, new diseases were added to my already existing chronic conditions, and I also began having panic attacks. I had to use up all my savings for a lawyer, treatment, transfers and other urgent expenses. Even now I continue to be treated and need the help of a psychotherapist.

After all the difficulties I went through, I decided to leave Belarus and now I applied for international protection or refugee status. At the moment I am officially unable to work. That's why I am asking you for financial support, which will help to reimburse the expenses for my treatment and attorney's fees.

I sincerely thank you for your time, support and kindness.

How much is needed?

€1545 costs for a lawyer, neurological treatment, MRI, medication, psychotherapist

The collection is over. Сollected:
€ 1 592
The collection is over. Сollected: € 1 592