SUPPORT LGBT REFUGEES IN KENYA

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Hello friend allover the world

  1. Am Adrian , and I am organizing support for the LGBT community of Kenya.

We are raising funds to improve living conditions and provide for human beings in a desperate situation.

I stand in solidarity with my friends in Kakuma camp. This project is theirs, and I am their assistant and confidant.

Please read our words:


In the East African community, Kenya's North West in Turkana County that's where we find Kakuma refugee camp with a population of almost 200,000 people, and it's with in that camp that we the queer people are living.

A refugee has the right to safe asylum and freedom of thought, of movement, and freedom from torture and degrading treatment according to UNHCR.


And according to the universal declaration of human rights article 5, “No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.” We the LGBTQIA+ refugees in Kakuma have for long been living out of the scope of these fundamental human rights.

DON'T ALLOW THEM SLEEP ON EMPTY STOMACHS

On the donations that are made, they're to provide them with a food so as they don't sleep on empty stomachs. This is because they receive roughly 4 kilograms of sorghum to take each person for a month from World Food Programme.


MEDICAL SUPPLIES.

When they go to camp hospitals, they are not treated. They are discriminated and have to end up going to private hospitals to get proper treatment as per their sexualities. Your donations will support them ensue that they get this.


Hence we have decided to speak in unison to address these and a number of other issues that have either been overlooked or misrepresented by UNHCR giving a false picture of security and safety here in Kakuma refugee camp. In so doing, we have been denied a safe environment resulting in avoidable injuries, loss of personal property and life. This false picture has been painted with the help of external organizations which have come bearing a tag of human rights defenders when indeed their interest has either been monitory or have simply been used to promote the absurd notion that a few material things can make death and injuries resulting from homophobia and transphobia bearable. Based on that notion promoted by these organizations, some of who have appeared alongside UNCHR while speaking to the press, they have created the narrative that, it’s is the fault of the LGBTQIA+ refugees because we are not able to hide who we are. This narrative also has implied that the LGBTQIA+ refugees are simply looking for resettlement in the third country. According to the UNHCR and its agents, it’s very unreasonable for the persecuted and dying refugees in Kakuma refugee camp to want a safe environment outside of Kenya and that the horrors that we face on a daily basis are ok. This is a homophobic and transphobic attack on us by the very institution that purports to protect us from the same.


Therefore, we strongly refute the allegations that we are not peaceful people and that the attacks we have suffered have been provoked. We also strongly refute the claim that Kakuma is not homophobic and transphobic. We continue to struggle to understand why we find ourselves in the same homophobic camp where UNHCR and the Kenyan government had to evacuate the LGBTQIA+ refugees as recently as 2019 to protect them from homophobic attacks. We have been given a shocking impression that upholding the Kenyan encampment policy is more important than saving lives even though this policy can and has been waived in the recent past.

We are disappointed by the casual approach and the laxity which the UNHCR and its partners continue to display in the way they have responded to the attacks on LGBTQIA+ refugees in Kakuma refugee camp which have claimed lives and left many with grave physical and psychological injuries. We read with a lot of shock their inaccurate statements claiming that Kakuma is now hospitable to the LGBTQIA+ and that the majority of us are living in relative safety. We can confirm that this is not true and that as a whole the LGBTQIA+ group in Kakuma, we continue to face attacks irrespective of which part of Kakuma we live in. Children, women and others in the LGBTQIA+ community continue to face unprovoked attacks, harassment and heavy discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. UNHCR’s attempt to make it look like the problem lies within the queer community itself constitutes an attack on our vulnerable community and is out of line with their primary duty to recognize and protect those that are most vulnerable. This is highly regrettable and a strong deviation from their mandate.


We have turned to activists to get basics such as medical care and food, things which should be UNHCR’S obligations. Their attempts to undermine these humanitarian efforts shows that they are not bothered about our wellbeing. As the entire LGBTQIA+ family living in hostile and homophobic Kakuma refugee camp, we reiterate the following to UNHCR:


1, We need a safe place where we can live without fear of being attacked for who we are and to prevent further injuries and loss of live as a result of these homophobic attacks.


2, We call on the UNHCR to evacuate us out of Kakuma as a short term measure to prevent further loss of lives.


3, We remind UNHCR and it’s partners that we are the victims in Kakuma and not the problem and that if our sexuality becomes known for some reason that in itself is not a crime and definitely does not justify an attack on us as they have indicated in their statements.


4, We remind UNHCR and that all the challenges that we continue to face in Kakuma are directly associated with us being in an already proven homophobic environment, and that the current security measures in place have failed to protect lives and counting on them to protect us, further endangers our lives.


5, We also remind the UNHCR and it’s partners that bringing us to Kakuma was a mistake as the death of Chriton Atuhwera and Namubiru Patricia has shown and not to mention the grave injuries that we continue to sustain as a result of that decision. We urge them to learn from our losses and horrible experiences and undo their fatal decision to keep us in Kakuma.


6, We call on the UNHCR to stop covering up clear acts of homophobia and transphobia. Their continued effort to delegitimize attacks on the LGBTIQA+ by blaming the victims is very unfortunate and to say the least shocking.


7, We call on the UNHCR to stop endangering the LGBTQIA+ further by insisting that they meet and dialogue with their attacker. This is not only insensitive to the already traumatized community but also further exposes the us without guarantee that it will be of help at all.


For more reference about what is going on

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-kenya-lgbt-refu...


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  • Hector Torres
  • Donated on Apr 29, 2023
  • Hugs

$15.00
  • Hector Torres
  • Donated on Feb 14, 2023
$25.00
  • Hector Torres
  • Donated on Nov 16, 2022
$24.00
Feb 21

​A RESPONSE FROM LGBTIQA REFUGEE COMMUNITY IN KAKUMA REFUGEE CAMP ABOUT THE 3RD FEBRUARY 2023 HOMOPHOBIC ATTACK AT FOOD DISTRIBUTION CENTRE.

Update posted by Adrian R at 11:35 pm
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Dear sir and madam The LGBTQ community in Kakuma refugee camp would like to inform the world and all those concerned of the long pending lgbtiq refugee crisis in the place about @UNHCR_Kenya statement in conjunction to what happened on 3rd February 2023 during food distribution. We refute allegations that. . . . .

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Feb 09

Homophobia and Transphobia situation at kakuma refugee camp Kenya

Update posted by Adrian R at 01:00 am
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Friday 3/2/2023 LGBTQ refugees at kakuma refugee camp, Kenya were at the food ration at WFP and the Kenyan police those who are to keep them while in the process of food ration, they're the ones ordered their fellow refugees to attack them, stoning them, beating them.

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7 donors
  • Hector Torres
  • Donated on Apr 29, 2023
  • Hugs

$15.00
  • Hector Torres
  • Donated on Feb 14, 2023
$25.00
  • Hector Torres
  • Donated on Nov 16, 2022
$24.00
  • Anonymous
  • Donated on Nov 07, 2022
$10.00
  • Anonymous
  • Donated on Nov 07, 2022
$12.00

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