Attack on Kenyan LGBT refugees


LGBT+ activists were attacked and arrested by police after staging a peaceful march through Kakuma, a UNCHR refugee camp in Turkana County, Kenya. Three dozens of LGBT activists protested against the terrible conditions in the refugees camps. A member of Refugee Flag Kakuma, which campaigns for the rights of LGBT+ refugees in Kakuma, alleged that the locals initiated the attack and the police joined them instead of protecting the victims. “The attack was started by the host community and then the police joined them,” they said. Images from the scene, published by PinkNews, showed people being hit, punched and left with numerous bruises and cuts on their faces and bodies.The member said LGBT+ asylum seekers in the camp face “homophobia [from] our fellow refugees. [There are] poor medical services, poor shelter. Most of our house are down and UNHCR doesn’t want to renovate them.” Homosexuality is illegal in Kenya and punishable by up to 14 years in prison. Kakuma refugee camp, which has a population of around 185,000, was set up in 1969 and is mostly inhabited by refugees who fled from the civil war in South Sudan.


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