Two LGBTQ advocacy organisations have called on the UN Refugee Agency to protect LGBTQ refugees experiencing violence in the Kakuma Refugee Camp.
LGBTQ refugees hosted in the Kakuma Refugee Camp should be “evacuated to safety in order to save their lives”, human rights organisations said, calling on the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) to protect a community experiencing “brutal attacks”.
Pan Africa ILGA and the Global Interfaith Network (GIN-SSOGIE) raised concerns over ongoing severe incidents in Block 13, which houses the largest number of LGBTQ refugees in Kakuma. According to reports, incidents began as early as in 2014, and a new spate of violence has been ongoing since June 2020.
“Pan Africa ILGA and GIN are concerned about the growing number of tortures happening to the LGBTQ+ persons in the camp. The brutal attacks have continued to emerge for years now, and it is high time this must be addressed,” reads a statement that was released just before a meeting between UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and Block 13 representatives.
“It is within the mandate of UNHCR to protect all refugees and to work with host governments to ensure that the basic human rights of all refugees are protected, promoted and respected”, Pan Africa and GIN pointed out, urging to “take all members of Block 13 to a temporary safe place as they await evacuation.” (The text above comes from ILGA’s LGBulleTin news briefs)
The two organisations listed the following attacks so far this year:
- Beatings, slashing, rape and fire during three attacks on Jan. 25-29.
- Destruction of a shelter, theft of children’s bedding and stoning of refugees on Feb. 13.
- Series of stoning attacks on Feb. 13-14
- Three-month-old baby hit with a stone on Feb. 14. Police refused to transport the injured infant to a clinic.
- Ambulance drivers often refuse to go to Block 13.
- Four gay men set ablaze in their bedding on Feb. 15.
- Three gay men struck with stones on Feb. 17. Women and children fled and went into hiding.
- LGBT refugees coalition condemns Kenya violence (June 2020, 76crimes.com)
- Desperate LGBTQ refugee hangs himself outside U.N. agency in Kenya (April 2020, 76crimes.com)
- Kenya: LGBTQ refugees face cutbacks; how to respond (
- U.N. promises one-on-one attention to Kenya refugees
- Kenya: Renewed attack on LGBTQ refugees as U.N. refuses to act (January
- Kenya: Call for probe of U.N. agency as anti-gay attacks continue (January 2020, 76crimes.com)
- LGBT refugees in Kenya: Repeatedly attacked but unable to leave (December 2019, 76crimes.com)
- Roundup of 76 gay African refugees: Desperate, dangerous, confusing times
- U.N. plan for gay refugees: same abuse, new location? (December 2018, 76crimes.com)
- U.N.: We’re moving LGBT refugees out of unsafe Kakuma Camp (December 2018, 76crimes.com)
- Violence greets protesting LGBT refugees in Kenya (December 2018, 76crimes.com)
- Kenya: Death threats follow refugees’ successful Pride (June 2018, 76crimes.com)
- Flooding endangers LGBTI Ugandan refugees in Kenya (May 2018, 76crimes.com)
- Food shortages, violence still plague LGBTI refugees
- Desperate LGBT refugees seek a way out, though it’s ‘suicidal’ (September 2017, 76crimes.com)
- Ugandan trans woman flees to Kenya, finds ‘complete hell’(June 2017, 76crimes.com)
- Prison for 17 protesting Ugandan refugees in Kenya (May 2017, 76crimes.com)
- Pictures of Police Using Force on LGBTI Refugees in Kenya outside UNHCR gates (May 2017, O-blog-dee blog)
- Kenya arrests LGBTI refugees, sends them into danger (May 2017, 76crimes.com)
- I escaped death in Uganda. Now I’m a sex worker in Kenya (March 2017, 76crimes.com)
- Out of Kampala’s frying pan, into Nairobi’s fire (September 2016, 76crimes.com)