Angels Refugee Support Group Association (ARSGA) was established by a proactive group of young refugees who have fled persecutions due to their sexual orientation in their respective countries of origin (Burundi, Rwanda and DRC) towards the republic of Uganda where they hoped to find greater safety and freedom. However, homosexuality is illegal in Uganda and they are faced with new challenges - arbitrary arrests, discrimination, corrective rape, kidnapping, robbery, stigma, homophobia, harassment and bullying. ARSGA identified more than 200 LGBTQ refugees living in the capital, Kampala, and refugee camps in various locations around Uganda. The organization provides these refugees with services depending on their unique situations.
The legal and social marginalization experienced by these refugees results in many violations of LGBTQ persons’ liberty and threats to their safety. Since the beginning of this year, we have already seen three people arbitrarily arrested for being LGBTQ. Another two members were brutally attacked by a gang of 10 homophobic neighbours in Kampala. One of them had his jaw shattered and had to get a surgery to insert a metal to his jaw. HIV prevention drugs and equipment are always necessary part of the work with LGBTQs and female sex workers. The general economic situation for refugees in Uganda is decreasing rapidly, and LGBTQ persons suffer the most. Many members reported that they pass many days without being able to obtain any food.
Our last crowdfunding campaign was a great success and we have stopped the eviction of ARSGA’s Safe Space and office. Now it is time to think forwards! We must make sure we have enough funds to efficiently treat any emergency that might emerge. We also must start providing one hot meal a day to all members in need.
Funding of 2,500 USD is the estimated amount needed to allow ARSGA to support members through their hardest moments efficiently and in real time, as well as ensure that all members receive the minimal proper nutrition.
Thank you for your help!