Support LGBTIQA+ refugees and asylum seekers from Kenya kakuma refugee camp

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Hello my friends allover the world. I am a refugee from Kenya and proudly gay. I am currently one of the pillars of support to my fellow lgbt refugees in Kenya. We probably find a lot of challenges as lgbt refugees including food, medication, sanitary for lesbians, safe water clothes and milk for babies .

We are highly discriminated to the extent that we can not have work to do so that we can earn. However, we keepour heads high and we hope to be able to receive the support so that we can get the housing, mosquito nets and etc.


Help support our campaign with even if little. I stay with a number of lgbtiqa folk about 236 of them including about 60 children and the rest elders.

I left my country in 2020 after the attack which involved the death of my boyfriend. We were brutalised and beaten after they found us playing sex and had always suspected. The community wanted to set fire on us and now the police came in, this is when I got chance to run away.

I came to Kenya hopping for safety from UNHCR through Red Cross but unfortunately it not how I hopped it could be. I was brought to Kenya and relocated to the community at kakuma refugee camp where I found my fellow lgbtiqa refugees going through the same torture like me.

We had a collective voice and about 540 lgbtiqa gathered at the compound of unhcr in March 2020 to ask them for protection because we had a lot of insecurities from other non lgbt threatening us to be killed. We never got the help but instead teargassed and brought back to the camp. We still gathered all together and it's here where we need you support.

At this point we struggle with medicine, food, sanitary for lesbians, clothes, milk for babies.

We fled from our home countries because of persecution and being lgbtiqa, it’s not related to any political issue. It’s just about us being queer that we were brutally attacked by our communities.

Kakuma is in the desert, very hot and occupied by turkana as the natives of the area. The government of Kenya and UNHCR started the camp back in 1992. We normally face attacks from our rivals as lgbtiqa people, discriminated even at water supply points and abused for who we are.

We would work but we can’t find work because we are being segregated and no one can provide us with jobs, otherwise some other nationalities and communities have jobs and they are working in the camp.

Kakuma and Africa in general is not safe for queer people and therefore relocation to a safe place had to be done as soon as possible. Also private sponsorships are allowed and therefore if we get some of us privately sponsored could be a big achievement.

UNHCR has been able to provide some food for example one kg of rice to take 1 month. This is very little for some one to consume the whole month, on so many occasions we have been attacked and UNHCR has not helped us and the medication that we would get, we are actually not given at the IRC hospitals. We instead look at privately owned clinics because we are not given medicine in these other hospitals.

UNHCR has delayed to evacuate queer people from Kenya. We have lost lives here bones broken because of UNHCR being reckless, that’s why we go to the compound to seek help from UNHCR and instead being tear-gassed and brutalized by Kenyan police under the orders of UNHCR.

Interaction with other refugees has of course been negative. We do not associate with other refugees because they have always given false information about us and we have been jailed on so many occasions.

They have always said we spoil there children and we do not deserve anything good apart from death. If your found by a group of non queer people, they can actually kill you.

My call to action is that let us fight this violence together, lets join hands and support one another because as queer people if we do not support one another, no one will support us. I believe if you people that are a bit safer than us fight for us, we shall prosper and leave this homophobic environment in Kakuma. Also we call for private sponsors, continued food supply until we find safe and accepting places else where.

Most lgbtiqa people in camp are Ugandans, others include Congolese, Burundians, little Sudanese and Somalis.

We hope for change as our slogan stands, transforming lives of all queer people in Africa. One love 💕


Organizer

My name is Lawrence Ssekanwagi, I am from Kenya Kakuma refugee camp. I am fund raising for my fellow lgbt refugees in Kenya.

My name is Lawrence Ssekanwagi, I am from Kenya Kakuma refugee camp. I am fund raising for my fellow lgbt refugees in Kenya.

Donors

  • Anonymous
  • Donated on Apr 18, 2024
$50.00
  • Anonymous
  • Donated on Apr 18, 2024
  • I hope you all will manage to get through this, sending you love!

$10.00
  • Kay V
  • Donated on Apr 17, 2024
  • The Queer Wizard Council provides

$50.00
Aug 11

Support

Update posted by Kenya Kakuma lgbtiqa Asylum seekers at 04:47 am
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hank you our donors for your support. We continue to seek support so that we can buy food, pay medical bills, buy water and sanitary for lesbians. We look forward to having continued meeting with UNHCR so that we can be evacuated. We consider that as one of the solutions

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Jun 20

Pride celebration

Update posted by Kenya Kakuma lgbtiqa Asylum seekers at 02:16 pm
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Hello our donors, Once more i tell you that your funds have changed our lives a lot. I managed to make a pride match celebration for my fellow lgbtiq+ refugees in kenya with your support. Thank you Stephen Stone for your support. You are a huge pillar in as far

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Jun 16

Water

Update posted by Kenya Kakuma lgbtiqa Asylum seekers at 09:30 am
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Thank you our donors, I was able to buy a water tank from the support we get from you. Water is an essential and it disturbs us a lot, we are discriminated at water supply points and beaten plus denied water. It will help us to keep water for somedays.

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Jun 09

Sickness, pneumonia and malaria in the camp.

Update posted by Kenya Kakuma lgbtiqa Asylum seekers at 05:59 pm
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hello friends, I am happy that we no longer sleep on empty stomach. Right now we are assured of food and medication. I am glad to have y’all supporting us. Thank you so much each and everyone including my very close friend “Stephen” who wants to keep his name anonymous. . . . .

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May 09

Desert Scorpions 🦂 disturb us a lot and it requires good treatment when you are a victim.

Update posted by Kenya Kakuma lgbtiqa Asylum seekers at 07:53 am

One of a lesbian from kakuma was sting by a scorpion and she is not feeling good at all. Link seen above

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May 09

Water supply hard to be got by queer refugees in Kenya.

Update posted by Kenya Kakuma lgbtiqa Asylum seekers at 12:28 am
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Water atthe moment in kakuma refugee camp is a very big challenge especially for queer refugees that we are discriminated at the water supply points. Remember we constitute the smallest percentage of all the refugees in Kenya. It has really made or life hard on top of the food, medication

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Donors & Comments

234 donors
  • Anonymous
  • Donated on Apr 18, 2024
$50.00
  • Anonymous
  • Donated on Apr 18, 2024
  • I hope you all will manage to get through this, sending you love!

$10.00
  • Kay V
  • Donated on Apr 17, 2024
  • The Queer Wizard Council provides

$50.00
  • Anonymous
  • Donated on Apr 15, 2024
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  • kay
  • Donated on Apr 13, 2024
$15.00
  • Anonymous
  • Donated on Apr 13, 2024
$10.00
  • Guest
  • Donated on Apr 08, 2024
$30.00
  • Shazzy
  • Donated on Mar 26, 2024
$15.00
  • Guest
  • Donated on Mar 16, 2024
$25.00
  • Arabella Adler
  • Donated on Mar 11, 2024
$15.00
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