URGENT APPEAL FOR LGTBQ REFUGEES IN UGANDA

Update posted by cenix callejo garcia On Jan 16, 2019

Membres de l'association Angels Refugee Support Group (Photo de Bibe Kalalu)


By Jean Marc Yao

Bibe Kalalu is a former chief of the Barega tribe in the Democratic Republic of Congo. He is now a refugee in Uganda. What sent Bibe into exile was not war, as is often the case. The reason for his exile was his sexual orientation.

In most African countries, it is difficult to be openly gay, so one can imagine how painful it can be for homosexuals who flee from their native country’s homophobia only to end up in an equally homophobic new country. This was the experience that led Bibe Kalalu to create an organization working on behalf of LGBTI refugees in Uganda.

Here is the poignant story of Bibe and the Angels Refugee Support Group, which he founded in 2009.


Learn more about Bibe and ARSGA history here: https://76crimes.com/2016/10/24/uganda-congolese-r...


Please, donate in order to help this essential organization and to keep all of its members safe.

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Update posted by cenix callejo garcia On Jan 13, 2019


Yesterday I filmed/audio recorded these brave, beautiful people telling their personal stories. The stories are heart-breaking; they described themselves being rejected, neglected, demonized, violated, humiliated and repeatedly arrested. All because of their sexual orientation. But they are very strong and they chose to open up for two main reasons:

First, because the economic situation of the organization is critical, the organization owes one year of rent for their office/safe space and they will soon be evicted. Being thrown to the street is extremely dangerous for them. There is no electricity in the building for the last four months and there is no food. Members must get their food anyway they can and as no one would employ them, they work in the streets to gain some food which they share between them. They are begging for support!


Second, they understand that much of the local homophobia is based on disinformation and in order to achieve any improvement in their future, they will need to change people’s perspectives. They fully understand the risks involved in exposing themselves, and they choose to act, some of them showing their face and some don’t, depends on their personal circumstances.


The series of interviews will be published during this coming week.



It is a great honour for me to be able to work with this group and I really hope that together we can make a real change in their lives and in the lives of many other African LGBTQs.



Please share and/or donate to this urgent campaign, it can save and change lives.

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Update posted by cenix callejo garcia On Jan 10, 2019

Do not miss this great job from our ARSGA friends.

Uganda deeply needs this job to keep on going.

LGTBQ african community needs for these words to keep spreading around.


Please, consider donating so the NGO and their refugees are alive and safe, and so they can keep reminding the entire world that Africa is also this.


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