African LGBT refugees plead UN for safe shelter after Kenya camp attacks

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01/09/2020

Dozens of African LGBT+ refugees in northwestern Kenya’s sprawling Kakuma refugee camp pleaded on Thursday with the United Nations to relocate them to a safer place, saying they had suffered violent attacks. More than 40 LGBT+ refugees from countries including Uganda, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo said they were targeted in two homophobic attacks by other refugees in the last three weeks. Fifteen people were injured in the December 21 and January 7 incidences and some taken to hospital with wounds to the head and internal bleeding, they said. The Thomson Reuters Foundation was given photographs of people with bleeding wounds on their head and scars on their limbs, but could not immediately verify the pictures.

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