BBC Video Depicting Brutality Against LGBTI Refugees by Hostile Host Kenya

CALLS FOR URGENT RESETTLEMENT OF ALL LGBTQI REFUGEES:

Since 2014, I have been writing about the refugee situation in Kenya, here on OblogdeeOblogda and at AfricanHRC.org’s news site. I have written about and advocated for LGBTQI refugees and asylum seekers, with a focus on UNHCR resettlement and the general conditions for LGBTQI refugees at the hands of their hostile host, the government of Kenya, in Nairobi and Kakuma Camp. Slowly journalists have started coming to the table. First independents writing for Blogs, VICE, Harpers, Huck, Longreads and other such publications and then finally during the middle of this year mainstream media started to show up such as New York Times and BBC:

In December 2018, almost a year ago, much of what I had been writing and advocating about came to a head when the Turkana host community and Kenyan police attacked a group of refugees protesting conditions at Kakuma camp.

I wrote an article in real time, LGBT Refugee Peaceful Protest Turns Violent at UNHCR Compound in Kenya , which won the NLGJA’s (National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association) 2019 Excellence in Blogging Award. That article depicted the mayhem and the face of the badly injured Moses, one of the frontline LGBTI refugee leaders, a gay man from Uganda, escaping that very type of persecution . A 10 minute Video has now been released by BBC media, depicting Moses and fellow refugees speaking to their situation:

After watching this video, please join me in calling for the urgent resettlement of Moses, and all LGBTQI refugees whose lives continue to be in danger.

The pipeline for resettlement has slowed down. The entire UNHCR and participating host country refugee resettlement program is not geared to accommodate the unique and specific needs of LGBTQI asylum seekers. As people are suffering so severely for years on end, it is time for change. Please watch the VIDEO, and return to this page to sign the form to be added to our petitions for resettlement and change.

THE VIDEO HERE

Here are a collection of some of the Kenyan related Articles I have written depicting these stories:


LGBT Refugee Peaceful Protest Turns Violent at UNHCR Compound in Kenya
Posted on Melanie Nathan , Kenya is a hostile host to LGBTI refugees:– Thirty LGBTI Refugees in Kakuma Camp, Kenya, mostly Ugandans participating in an approved peaceful demonstration, tried to deliver a document to UNHCR, but after being refused entry into the compound were viciously attacked by police.  I have reached out to UNHCR for comment and will update accordingly. The conditions … More LGBT Refugee Peaceful Protest Turns Violent at UNHCR Compound in Kenya

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UNHCR Transfers LGBTI Refugees in Kenya to Unsanitary Crowded Conditions , Posted on Melanie Nathan, On 11th December thirty LGBTQ refugees were attacked and beaten by Kenyan police while protesting discrimination and the harsh unsafe conditions at Kakuma refugee camp.  We reported that attack in the words of the refugees at: https://oblogdee.blog/2018/12/11/lgbt-refugee-peaceful-protest-turns-violent-at-unhcr-compound-in-kenya/ . Some days later UNHCR issued a statement condemning the attack, noting the following in their statement: UNHCR condemns … More UNHCR Transfers LGBTI Refugees in Kenya to Unsanitary Crowded Conditions

AFRICAN HRC PETITION 

JOIN AFRICAN HUMAN RIGHTS COALITION IN CALLING UPON RAS, THE KENYAN GOVERNMENT, UNHCR and the U.S., CANADIAN, UK, AND EU GOVERNMENTS FOR URGENT CHANGE AND THE RESETTLEMENT OF MOSES AND ALL LGBTQI REFUGEES EXILED BY HOMOPHOBIA, CRIMINALIZATION AND RESULTING PERSECUTION:  (NOTE: We do not share your email or name publicly or with third parties- and only use your name as a signatory to the Petition)

MELANIE NATHAN
Commissionermnathan@gmail.com

https://oblogdee.blog/2019/11/15/poetry-from-hell-part-2-the-pain-of-neglected-lgbti-kakuma-refugees/

 

 

KAKUMA RAINY REASON

Kenyan President Demonizes Gays Again Posted on Melanie Nathan, In Climate of Escalating Antagonism by Kenyan Authorities toward LGBTI refugees Following the recent endorsement by Kenya’s High Court where it refused to decriminalize Penal Codes criminalizing homosexuality, it is not surprising that President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya has yet again demonized Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) community by declaring  homosexuality as unacceptable to Kenyan … More Kenyan President Demonizes Gays Again

Transgender Refugees Raided in Shelter Instead of Protected by Hostile Kenyan Police ,Posted on Melanie Nathan, Two days ago a supposed safe house sheltering transgender refugees near Nairobi Kenya (actual place purposely not mentioned for security reasons) was raided by the Kenyan police after complaints by local residents (host community) asserting that it was ‘inhabited by transgender people who were apparently in danger of corrupting the morals  of the neighborhood’s husbands … More Transgender Refugees Raided in Shelter Instead of Protected by Hostile Kenyan Police

MASK 06: UNHCR Deeply Concerned about LGBTI Refugees in Kenya, Posted on Melanie Nathan, 7 MASKS 1 STORY – This is MASK 06 out of 7 MASK stories which will be told each day this week: If you care you will share! If you have been following the series and already read this intro, you can skip to the header MASK 06, below: For the past ten years I have … More MASK 06: UNHCR Deeply Concerned about LGBTI Refugees in Kenya

MASK 04: Lesbian Refugees Destitute in Kenya, Posted on Melanie Nathan, 7 MASKS 1 STORY – This is MASK 04 out of 7 MASK stories which will be told each day this week: If you care you will share! If you have been following the series and already read this intro, you can skip to the header MASK 04, below: For the past ten years I have … More MASK 04: Lesbian Refugees Destitute in Kenya

UNHCR sending Ugandan LGBT Refugees into Homophobic Kenyan Society not an Option, Posted on Melanie Nathan, Asking gays and lesbians to lay low while Kenyan Government turns a blind eye to their homosexuality – is NOT a solution!  America needs to wake up to the need to open the pipeline for LGBT refugees from Africa and criminalizing countries.. When the Kakuma LGBTQI refugees protested harsh conditions and the failed security at the … More UNHCR sending Ugandan LGBT Refugees into Homophobic Kenyan Society not an Option

UNHCR Calls out the Violent Kenyan Police Attack on LGBT Refugees ,Posted on Melanie Nathan, African HRC and other advocates have been requesting UNHCR plan for the safe protection and humane living conditions for LGBTQ refugees in Kakuma Refugee Camp for several years, with only slight ad hoc and ultimately ineffective results. The harsh conditions and insecurities led to a protest this week and an attack by Kenyan police on … More UNHCR Calls out the Violent Kenyan Police Attack on LGBT Refugees

Transgender Refugees under UNHCR Protection Attacked at Kenyan Camp, One in Coma, Posted on Melanie Nathan, “This kind of life has had many people dead inside, alive only on the outside.” A lesbian refugee who was resettled in the U.S.A. earlier in the year. A group of Transgender people from Uganda’s LGBTI refugee community in Kakuma Camp, Kenya, have been reliving the horror that they thought they had escaped when leaving … More Transgender Refugees under UNHCR Protection Attacked at Kenyan Camp, One in Coma

Huck Reflection on Vulnerable LGBT Refugees in Kenya Posted on “Kenya has become a ‘safe haven’ for those fleeing war and famine in neighbouring states. But in secret hideaways and temporary homes, LGBT refugees are being forced – once again – to hide their true selves instead of walking out into the world with pride …” Article by Jacob Kushner – Huck Magazine DONATE TO … More Huck Reflection on Vulnerable LGBT Refugees in Kenya

Pictures of Police Using Force on LGBTI Refugees in Kenya outside UNHCR gates ,Posted on Melanie Nathan, This is an update reflecting some new pictures:  We wrote an article this week following the story of 18 LGBTI refugees detained and beaten by Kenyan police while outside UNHCR gates: In general when a refugee escapes war or persecution by entering a host country, they can be assured of support and protection, as by … More Pictures of Police Using Force on LGBTI Refugees in Kenya outside UNHCR gates

18 LGBT Refugees Detained and Beaten by Kenyan Police ,Posted on Melanie Nathan, REPORTING IN REAL TIME AS EVENTS UNFOLD:   Proving that UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees)  is not able to provide adequate protection for Africa’s LGBT refugees: For several years LGBTI refugees have been denied the guarantee by UNHCR that they can be protected within the refugee system. It is now time to make … More 18 LGBT Refugees Detained and Beaten by Kenyan Police

LGBT Refugees Panic as Kenyan Government Announces Closure of Refugee Camps ,Posted on Melanie Nathan, The Government of Kenya has announced that it intends to close all refugee camps in the country, and while UNHCR implores Kenya to reverse this decision, we await information as to how they plan to deal with what could be a severe crisis.  LGBT refugees, after seeing the headlines, are now extremely stressed and uncertain … More LGBT Refugees Panic as Kenyan Government Announces Closure of Refugee Camps

Kenyan Police detain Ugandan Refugees Victims of Anti-Gay Mob Attack ,Posted on Melanie Nathan, Calls into Question whether UNHCR is able to adequately protect LGBT Refugees By Melanie Nathan, July 9, 2015 This morning, four young Ugandan urban refugees were eating breakfast in the privacy of their rental premises in Kenya, when a mob entered the gate and started banging on their door and window screaming anti-gay slurs. After … More Kenyan Police detain Ugandan Refugees Victims of Anti-Gay Mob Attack

Ugandan LGBT Refugees in Kenya Launch UNHCR Protest, Posted on Melanie Nathan, While pleading with International LGBT Community for Help By Melanie Nathan, March 09, 2015. There are many problems currently brewing in Kenya for Ugandan refugees who, after fleeing homophobia and persecution in Uganda, have been caught in a quagmire of funding and fraud issues. What follows is a desperate plea written by Ugandan refugees in … More Ugandan LGBT Refugees in Kenya Launch UNHCR Protest

LGBTQI Refugee Dies in Kenya, Posted on Melanie Nathan, Ambrose Paul, a courageous human rights defender from Juba, in South Sudan has passed away in Nairobi, Kenya where he had been living as a refugee, seeking resettlement through UNHCR to escape the anti-LGBTQI persecution he had suffered in his homeland. Ambrose, a true leader, displayed the heroic resilience that it takes to exile and fight for one’s … More LGBTQI Refugee Dies in Kenya

LGBTI Refugees Arrested and Sent Back to Dreaded Kakuma Camp, Posted on Melanie Nathan, Just this week I received the NLGJA Award for excellence in blogging. In December 2018 I had written about an attack on LGBTQI refugees while peacefully protesting the horrendous Kakuma Camp conditions and insecurities. Since the time of writing that article, many problems persisted and has brought LGBTI refugees back full circle to the dreaded … More LGBTI Refugees Arrested and Sent Back to Dreaded Kakuma Camp

MASK 07: LGBTI Refugee: I lost my Soul in Kakuma Camp Kenya, Posted on Melanie Nathan, 7 MASKS 1 STORY – This is MASK 07 out of 7 MASK stories which will be told each day this week: If you care you will share! If you have been following the series and already read this intro, you can skip to the header MASK 07, below: For the past ten years I have … More MASK 07: LGBTI Refugee: I lost my Soul in Kakuma Camp Kenya

MASK 01: UNHCR System is Not Working for Persecuted LGBTI Refugees, Posted on Melanie Nathan, 7 MASKS 1 STORY – This is MASK 01 out of 7 MASK stories which will be told each day this week: If you care you will share! For the past ten years I have been working with LGBTQ individuals and communities in several African Countries in the global attempt to thwart homophobia and deal with … More MASK 01: UNHCR System is Not Working for Persecuted LGBTI Refugees

Hostile Host Countries further the persecution of LGBTI Refugees in Africa, Posted on Melanie Nathan, A Critical frontier for Human Rights Advocacy – Melanie Nathan (2019) – the subject of 2 Articles in global press- Harpers and Mamba-Online – elucidating a critical mess for LGBTQI refugees!  This week two articles have been written by accomplished journalists at two different corners of the world, reflecting on the stories of refugees attempting to avail … More Hostile Host Countries further the persecution of LGBTI Refugees in Africa

Death in UNHCR Kakuma Camp and Conditions Impacting LGBTI Refugees, Posted on Melanie Nathan, By Melanie Nathan, This week one death and others hospitalized! We are posting pictures of the funeral of Isaac Byaruhanga who died this week in Kakuma camp, Kenya, after contracting Typhoid.  Mr. Byaruhanga, a Rwandan national, was a friend to many other refugees in the camp and we are informed that his loss will be sorely grieved. … More Death in UNHCR Kakuma Camp and Conditions Impacting LGBTI Refugees

UNHCR Chief’s Call for Solidarity with Displaced LGBTI and Refugees is Not enough, Posted on Filippo Grandi stresses the need to support those forced to flee because of their sexual orientation and gender identity |  However, the UNHCR office in Uganda has refused to help L:GBTI Refugees! The Chief of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Filippo Grandi, called for solidarity with LGBTI people who are forced to flee … More UNHCR Chief’s Call for Solidarity with Displaced LGBTI and Refugees is Not enough

When it Comes to LGBT Refugees here is Food for Thought, Posted on Melanie Nathan, The work for African Human Rights Coalition has been extensive these past few months – here is a brief report: 1) After weeks of preparation, we  have established a new fund appeal starting today: We have been working for some time to establish a plan to support  200 LGBTI refugees in Kakuma Camp. They need … More When it Comes to LGBT Refugees here is Food for Thought

President Obama Arrives in Kenya in Climate of Anti-Gay Sentiment, Posted on Melanie Nathan, By Melanie Nathan, July 24, 2015. United States President Barack Obama has arrived in Kenya on the first visit to that country, since serving as US president. During his two-day visit the President will hold talks with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and other top officials.  Arriving in  Kenya, where his father was born, he was … More President Obama Arrives in Kenya in Climate of Anti-Gay Sentiment

Kenyans March Against Gays Warning Obama No Gay Talk, Posted on Melanie Nathan, By Melanie Nathan, July 7, 2015. Kenyan anti-gay protesters took to the streets in Nairobi Monday, warning US President Barack Obama not to speak about gay rights when he visits Kenya, “the country of his ancestors,” later this month. (As the Ugandan Monitor put it!) The march today, was organized by the Evangelical Alliance of … More Kenyans March Against Gays Warning Obama No Gay Talk


10 thoughts on “BBC Video Depicting Brutality Against LGBTI Refugees by Hostile Host Kenya

  1. We call upon your stand to all lgbti who are suffering in Kenya,we get into much pain,threats to death everyday

    Food,rent,medication, transportation to attend interviews are not provided, so we call upon your support

  2. We are so tired of leap service, we are tired of seeing explicit photos of our own friends being attacked in kakuma again.
    We are so angry at the decision to take our people back to the most homophobic camp in the world ( kakuma) iam in particular so angry seeing a trans gender in kakuma stabbed almost to death , I mean iam not emotionally strong this time again to hear that a friend has been attacked to death , I have attended the burials some LGBTQ refugees, I just don’t want to bury more , no no. Its just not right .

  3. The situation we are in as lgbtiq refugees here in kakuma Kenya is so terrible. We are being abused and assaulted, we are discriminated and the Host community is very hostile to us.
    We are being threatened with death.

  4. UNHCR should carry out rapid resettlemenst for LGBTI members in Kenya as soon as possible because the situation is becoming worse each and every day

  5. The current situation for LGBTIQ refugees in Kenya is very bad. They are threatened with death, some have been cut in knecks and stoned on heads..
    Why can’t the Human rights rescue these people?

  6. LGBTIQs in Kenya are suffering and facing serious persecutions especially Transgender persons
    The International Community should please respond.

  7. We call upon for help from the international community as we the lgbtiq family in Kakuma camp kenya where we face alot of negative aspects on our life.
    We are abused,neglected,beaten by the community homophobic people,assaulted.etc…

  8. Lgbti kenya call upon for help from the international community as we the lgbtiq family in Kakuma camp kenya where we face alot of negative aspects on our life.
    We are abused,neglected,beaten by the community homophobic people,assaulted.etc…

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