May is not her real name, which we cannot use for fear of reprisals.

She has been in hiding, in disguise and on the run from her violent Lebanese husband for over four years.

The British embassy in Beirut although aware of this case and  sympathetic seems unable to provide any practical assistance.

Years of running from place to place have taken their toll, especially on her young child, but also on May herself. They are at their wits end and in urgent need of medical assistance.

May’s English family in Surrey have finally exhausted their modest financial reserves and are in most urgent need of financial support to pay for May’s rent, everyday needs and medical care.

We have set up a crowdfunding page on JustGiving, here .

Please give generously and if possible, on a regular basis. We will keep readers updated when we have news.

If you are also able to offer assistance in any other way, please contact us as a matter of urgency.

Thank you for reading this and thank you on behalf of May and her family .