Edward Snowden did a very brave thing of exposing how the American government spies on its citizens, foreigners, and allied nations. Thanks to his efforts the web is now a safer place from spying by large corporations and governments.
When Snowden needed help fleeing from the long spying arm of the American military he turned to refugees. While in Hong Kong Snowden stayed with people who also fled to the city for protection. It’s a story of people fleeing prosecution from overbearing governments helping one another.
Last week some of those kind and brave refugees landed in Canada and granted asylum.
There are a few more refugees who helped Snowden in Hong Kong, you can support them over at For the Refugees.
Canada granted asylum to four people who hid former NSA contractorEdward Snowdenin their tiny Hong Kong apartments when he was on the run after stealing a trove of classified documents.
The four â€“ Supun Thilina Kellapatha, Nadeeka Dilrukshi Nonis and their children Sethumdi and Dinath â€“ landed in Toronto on Tuesday and were due to go on to Montreal to â€œstart their new livesâ€, non-profit For theRefugeessaid in a statement.
One of the families who helped American whistleblower Edward Snowden stay safe while he was in Hong Kong have arrived in Canada. Snowden provided proof to the world that the USA spies on everyone including their own citizens. Due to his brave act he was the most wanted man on the planet and his safety was not assured by any state. During those few days in Hong Kong a couple families provided Snowden shelter since they too knew what it was like to be threatened by their own government.
It’s so nice to see that refugees who were struggling took time to help another in a similar situation get a happy next step. You can find out more about the Snowden refugees at For The Refugees.
“They are extremely brave people who have nothing, but when someone in distress needed them, they opened their doors,” said Montreal-based Guillaume Cliche-Rivard, one of the lawyers with the group.
“Instead of letting them live in a terrible situation without a future, we wanted to do something for them, as they wanted to do something for Edward Snowden.”
Green roofs are great for collecting water and cooling neighbourhoods, they are also useful for feeding their local communities. In the densely built urban environment of Hong Kong there is a network of green roofs that used for farming. These farms are used to grow crops sold in local stores and to encourage the people of Hong Kong to get their hands dirty and understand where their food comes from.
Here the team tell me about their other goal: education. By running regular workshops, the team hope that Hong Kongâ€™s city-dwellers will become a little more aware of the resources needed to grow the food they are eating. Pointing to a bed of broccoli, for instance, Hong remembers one recent group who had never seen the whole plant. â€œThey didnâ€™t realise that the florets that we eat are actually quite limited,â€ she says. â€œAnd if you look at the quantity we see in the supermarket, you begin to see how much space we would need to grow that,â€ she says.
Ultimately, Tsuiâ€™s dream is that a restful break on a rooftop farm will become ingrained in everyoneâ€™s daily routine. â€œI use the analogy of coffee,â€ says Tsui â€“ something that was once a luxury, but which became a lifestyle, through sheer convenience. If he had his way, a trip to the farm would be as essential as a morning caffeine fix. â€œWe do have a mission, in a way â€“ to make farming cool.â€