Thank you to all the generous donors who have made a kidney transplant possible for courageous Kenyan journalist/ activist Joe Odero. As you know, Joe needs a new kidney because he was attacked and nearly killed for his advocacy on behalf of a young intersex man who was murdered because he refused to conform.
A family friend agreed to donate a kidney to Joe. She traveled to the hospital, where one of her kidneys was removed yesterday.
Joe will receive it in a transplant operation early tomorrow, paid for by readers’ donations and by the Erasing 76 Crimes blog. Please send Joe your thoughts and prayers for a successful operation.
I’m also hoping that several organizations that previously helped set up Joe in a safe house will contribute again. Those are some financial loose ends that remain to be tied up, but a happy ending is in sight.
Again, the deepest thanks from Joe and from me.
The first three articles in the series “Confronting hatred”:
- Death threats, then an ambush in Kenya
- How to react to an anti-LGBTI murder
- 1 Kenyan, 1 American working together
- More to come
- Intersex in Kenya: Held captive, beaten, hacked. Dead. (Dec. 23, 2015, 76crimes.com)
- Will Kenyan intersex victim get a decent funeral at least? (Dec. 24, 2015, 76crimes.com)
- Intersex victim buried in Kenya; compassion from afar (Jan. 13, 2016, 76crimes.com)