Kenya sends LGBT+ refugees back to Homophobic camps

This Wednesday, armed police rounded 70+ refugees, including LGBT+ people and returned them to camps!

Kenya government sends LGBT+ refugees back to homophobic camp, where they will face anti-LGBT attacks. This happened this Wednesday, June 19… showing that the fight for human rights still has much to improve and expand!

The seventy-six refugees, including LGBT+ people, fled to safe houses in Nairobi, the capital, moved by the United Nations Refugee Agency, but were sent back, by armed police, to a camp in Kakuma, in the north-western part of Kenya.

“Refugees should be living in camps and, if they reside outside of camps, it should be with appropriate documentation”, says the government about this situation to the UN’ refugee agency.

 The Kakuma camp houses thousands of refugees, specially from South Sudan and Somalia, Uganda and Burundi, where many that reside there criminalize gay sex.

Many of the LGBT+ refugees have faced attacks in the past, both in camps by fellow refugees or by their family or even neighbours.

“Wherever we have lived we face homophobia because of our orientation.”, expressed one LGBT+ refugee

Cover image: BBC news

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Miguel Soromenho

Miguel Soromenho

Miguel Soromenho Pereira is a Portuguese guy, born in November… a scorpion. Lives in Oeiras and studied Architecture and Game Development. Likes to play videogames, meditate, practice yoga and go to the gym. Works as Executive Director of Pois since January 2019.

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