DR Congo: Dejected LGBTI activist returns, despite dangers

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05/19/2022

Congolese LGBTI rights activist Jeremie Safari thought he was out of the woods after he fled west in March to the anonymity of the capital city, Kinshasa, leaving behind the homophobic cauldron of Bukavu at the eastern border of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). But soon his money ran out and he decided to return to the east, despite its dangers. Safari, the executive director of Rainbow Sunrise Mapambazuko, felt abandoned by the often-overburdened international agencies that can offer temporary emergency aid to endangered human rights activists.

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