Investigation after gay refugee found dead at U.N. refugee office in Kenya

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04/13/2020

A gay refugee in Kenya was found dead outside the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) office in Nairobi on Monday in an apparent suicide, Kenyan police and LGBT+ refugees groups said. Police spokesman Charles Owino said the body of a 25-year-old Ugandan national was found outside the UNHCR office in the affluent Westlands suburb early on Monday. LGBT+ refugees face a precarious existence in the predominantly conservative Christian nation. It can take more than five years to be granted refugee status, during which time asylum seekers cannot work. “We have to do an inquest into the cause of the death and it has to go before a magistrate, but from early indications it looks like suicide,” Owino told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

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