Who am I?
My name is Rama, an asylum seeker living in the Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya.
I had to flee my home country (Uganda) in 2019 when I began to receive harassment, death threats, and the risk of imprisonment after being discovered as a gay man by my community.
The Ugandan parliament has implemented a sexual offenses bill, which criminalizes same-sex relationships and sex work in the country, forcing many of us to escape for our safety.
Why do I need your help?
I am registered at Kakuma camp by UNHCR (a UN refugee agency) where I’ve been living for nearly 2 years now. It is home to 196, 000 refugees from neighboring countries like Uganda, Sudan, Congo, Burundi, Rwanda, Somalia, etc.
Here in the camp, alongside other LGBTQ+ asylum seekers, we are still victims of very serious and frequent homophobic attacks. The UNHCR has failed to give us proper protection and basic needs for us to survive.
As a result, in 2020, I was diagnosed with peptic ulcers due to a lack of adequate food.
Where will the money go?
Every day I live in fear for my life because my situation is worsening. I am in a lot of pain and can barely eat. Clinics at the camp are not well equipped and the doctors are very homophobic. The treatment I get is not enough and only gives me temporary relief.
Please help me raise money to get good treatment and medicines at a better hospital.