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Covid Chronicles: Rise in attacks on LGBT+ refugees as Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya is threatened with closure: April 2021

posted on 2022-12-01, 13:29 authored by Helen HintjensHelen Hintjens

John S. contacted us at the Covid-19 Chronicles from the Margins project asking us to help raise awareness of the plight of LGBT+ residents and protest to UNHCR at their treatment. He has been in Kakuma camp since early 2020 and is 21 years old. In the interview below, he highlights the dangers faced by LGBT+ refugees.

In Kakuma. “Lives are being lost daily. We are being raped, slashed, beaten and discriminated against. It is too much!” At the same time, he values the fraternity of rainbow refugees in Block 13 at Kakuma. 


This material is part of the Covid Chronicles from the Margins project, funded by The Open University and The Hague. The project aims to highlight the impact of the pandemic on refugees, asylum seekers & undocumented migrants.

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