LGBTI Ugandans at Kakuma Camp in Kenya have found some reasons to celebrate, despite the refugee camp’s food cutbacks and the continuing hostility from other refugees.
Ugandan LGBTI refugees at the Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya are fighting malnutrition and homophobic violence with occasional assistance from supporters abroad. They are seeking help through an online fund drive and advocacy.
In the wake of their miles-long trek last month from the Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya to the office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, LGBTI Ugandan refugees returned to the camp with a few offers of future help. Soon after their return, the whole camp was hit by a cutback in food distribution.
Many Ugandan LGBTI refugees at the crowded, grim Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya have grown desperate about their long-delayed prospects for resettlement. They’re so desperate, in fact, that they are threatening to walk out of the camp in hopes of better treatment elsewhere, perhaps even if that means they would try to walk to another …
Abandoned and abused in Uganda, trans woman Alexis Sekamate fled to Kenya in 2015. At the Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya, she endured a life of homophobic snubs, insults and violence from other refugees — “a complete hell,” she says. Then she escaped to Nairobi, where she is hiding out.
Eighteen Ugandan LGBTI refugees in Kenya have been arrested, abused and sent to the Kakuma refugee camp, where they face the prospect of further abuse by thousands of homophobic refugees who are also confined there, the O-blog-dee LGBTI rights advocacy blog reports.
In Kenya, LGBT Ugandan refugees turn to each other for support and companionship, but some are abandoned to a life of solitary struggles. Here is one such LGBT refugee’s story, which she told to Simon Kwesigabo, a fellow refugee who has been resettled in the United States.
Two male dancers fell in love in Uganda. For that, they were fired from their dance troupe and fled as LGBT refugees to Kenya. This is their story.
Ugandan LGBT refugee Salim Kakooza explains how he ended up a sex worker in Kenya. It was a survival mechanism he adopted after fleeing Uganda in early 2015 to escape from men his homophobic father had hired to kill him, he says.
Scarred by beatings in Uganda, LGBT refugee Kwesigabo Simon has been approved for resettlement from Kenya to the United States. Here he tells his story: