LGBTQ Refugees Attacked Again in Block 13 – Kakuma Refugee Camp, Kenya

It is hard to even find words for the suffering of LGBTQ refugees in Block 13, Kakuma Refugee Camp, Kenya. For more than two years, they have been attacked by local people, other refugees, even the security forces charged with protecting them. Last night, August 16, 2021, several of their shelters were set afire. Fortunately, no on was hurt but many of the refugees lost everything they owned.

Some of the shelters in Block 13, Kakuma Refugee Camp, after night fire on August 16, 2021.

These people, through no fault of their own, are stranded in this camp where they cannot really build a life. They need immediate evacuation for their safety and they need permanent re-settlement in countries where they can live out their lives in peace.

To my American friends: Please call your Senators and members of the House of Representatives at 1-202-224-3121, and the State Department at 1-202-647-6575. Leave messages demanding action on evacuation and resettlement. Several months ago, they were promised that the Refugee Status Determination (RSD) Process will begin but it has not yet begun. So they wait in great danger.

Amnesty International and other human rights organizations are aware of their plight and are working on it but the needed action really comes down to the countries who can resettle them: the USA, the UK, Australia, and Germany. United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is ultimately responsible for them. But they have not shown a willingness to keep them safe or to get the resettlement process moving.

If you are on Facebook, I would urge you to visit Victor Mukasa’s page. He has a wide range of resources there as well as a GoFundMe page that helps Block 13 with basic needs of food and medicine. Any help you can offer will be of use to very vulnerable people.

Published by www.JosephRoss.net

Poet & Teacher. Author of four books of poetry: Raising King (2020) Ache (2017) Gospel of Dust (2013) Meeting Bone Man (2012)

4 thoughts on “LGBTQ Refugees Attacked Again in Block 13 – Kakuma Refugee Camp, Kenya

  1. Lgbtq here in Kakuma refugee camp we are dieing and we than everyone how is helping us here in the camp . We really thank you Mr Joseph and ather people like you God bless you

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    1. I just tell you that your support is healing someone I have nothing to give you I just tell you that may God bless you and your family at all thank you so much my brother,my family.
      And I would like to take this opportunity to thanks of them who add he or her support on block 13 KAKUMA refugee camp since day one until now, thank you so much and you have to know that your support is hearing someone God bless you all.
      We really appreciate you thank you thank you thank you more.

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  2. Lgbtq here in Kakuma refugee camp we are dieing and we thank everyone how is helping us here in the camp . We really thank you Mr Joseph and ather people like you God bless you

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  3. Joseph Ross thank you for this as an block13 comrade am really appreciate your support and entire group we appreciate…
    We call upon all the world to help us to be evacuated from this homophobic camp..we left with nothing our mattresses, blankets, clothes, shelters and many others were burnt now we don’t know how we are going to do next..

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