Kenya: Emergency food, supplies reach LGBTQI refugees

More than 250 LGBTQI refugees at Kakuma Camp in Kenya have received emergency deliveries of donated food and sanitation supplies.

From the African Human Rights Media Network

Food distribution to LGBTQI refugees at Kakuma Camp. (Photos courtesy of AHRC)

The project was organized by the U.S.-based African Human Rights Coalition in partnership with the online advocacy group All Out and the LGBTQI-friendly Refugee Coalition of East Africa (RefCEA).

Melanie Nathan, executive director of the African Human Rights Coalition, expressed gratitude to the many people who supported the effort:

Thank you from Kakuma

COVID-19 Emergency Response LGBTQI Refugees in Kakuma from ALLOUT, AHRC and RefCEA

We hope you are doing well during this extremely challenging and dichotomous time, of grief and gratitude: African Human Rights Coalition (AHRC) would like to thank all partners, donors and refugees involved in the various COVID-19 emergency related food and sanitization distributions at Kakuma Camp during April and May.

In a well-planned and coordinated effort, African Human Rights Coalition (AHRC) in partnership with ALLOUT and REFCEA, delivered hundreds of pounds of food and sanitation supplies to over 250 LGBTQI refugees in Kakuma Camp, Kenya. The distribution was facilitated through agents on the ground, reporting back the success of the initiative.


Food and soap delivered to LGBTQI refugees at Kakuma Camp (Photos courtesy of AHRC)

The planning for the initiative and fundraising campaign, through the auspices of ALLOUT commenced in March, at a time when we realized that COVID-19 was making its way toward the African continent and that the country would go under curfew and lockdown. Together with our partners and donors we were able to jump into action as soon as UNHCR reached out publicly, noting its concerns and funding shortages.

At its best, Kakuma Camp provides only rationed food to refugees who often do not see more than one small meal a day. We are hoping to ramp up the food deliveries as well as livelihood programs even beyond the COVID-19 emergency response. In addition together with the Coalition, we were also able to respond to Nairobi LGBTQI evictions as a matter of urgency and are now seeking a way to replenish the emergency fund, as we anticipate more evictions may occur as a result of urban refugees losing their current work.

We would also like to thank the Kenyan Government for the ongoing registration of LGBTI refugees and the police protection at Kakuma during this volatile and challenging time, as well as UNHCR for their continued endeavors.

This emergency relief will extend to the month of June, as we plan another distribution. We still need your help.  Please view and share this in your social media through our online post: HERE


Many thanks for your continued support.

Be safe.


Melanie Nathan
Executive Director
African Human Rights Coalition (AHRC)

Written by Colin Stewart

Colin Stewart is a 45-year journalism veteran living in Southern California. After his retirement from paid newspaper work in 2011, he launched Erasing 76 Crimes and helped with the Spirit of 76 campaign that assembled a multi-national team of 26 LGBTI rights activists to advocate for change during the International AIDS Conference in Washington, D.C., in July 2012. He is the president of the St. Paul’s Foundation for International Reconciliation, which supports LGBTQ+ rights advocacy journalism, including the Erasing 76 Crimes news site and the African Human Rights Media Network. Contact him via Twitter @76crimes or by email at Mailing address: 21 Marseille, Laguna Niguel CA 92677 USA.

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