Emergency funds for LGBTQs and sex workers refugees in Uganda
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 the refugees with services depending on their unique situations.
This legal and social marginalization result in many violations of LGBTQ persons’ liberty and threats to their safety. Currently, there are three people under arbitrary arrest for organizing a small, private ceremony in the refugee camp. Other two members were brutally attacked by a gang of 10 homophobic neighbours in Kampala. One of them had his jaw shattered and must get a surgery to insert a metal to his jaw. They must find a new place to live as the neighbours threatened to kill them next time they meet. HIV prevention drugs and equipment are always necessary part of the work with LGBTQs and female sex workers.
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 to have enough funds to efficiently treat any emergency that might emerge.
Funding of 4000€ is an estimated amount needed to allow ARSGA to support members through their hardest moments efficiently and in real time.