Mogadishu’s refugees ‘waiting for death’ as Covid-19 reaches Somalia

 | 
03/24/2020

In the Nabadoon camp on the outskirts of Mogadishu, Asho Abdullahi Hassan, a 40-year-old mother of seven, has heard about the coronavirus on the radio. “I am very scared about this deadly virus. I only heard about it from the news. It is like we are waiting for death to come,” she says. The camp hosts about 3,000 families, most recently displaced from Somalia’s Lower Shabelle region following an intensification of fighting and US airstrikes. Many refugees and displaced people live in villages or cities, not in camps. These include some vulnerable communities. Across Africa, LGBT men and women face discrimination and may be reluctant to seek medical help or inform the authorities about infection. In most African countries gay sex is illegal and potentially punished by long prison sentences, or even death.

Share this:

Latest Global News

Added on: 04/15/2024
04/14/2024
Over the weekend in Denton, the North Texas Fair and Rodeo hosted a groundbreaking event—a gay rodeo show that drew crowds from all over …
Added on: 04/15/2024
04/14/2024
Football and cricket’s transgender inclusion policies are set to come under Government scrutiny at a meeting on Monday afternoon. Culture Secretary Lucy Frazer has convened a gathering …
Added on: 04/15/2024
04/14/2024
When Iftekhar Ahmed’s child came out as transgender four years ago, the situation was difficult for him to comprehend. Raised in Pakistan in a …

Explore LGBTQ+ Issues

Added on: 04/15/2024
The LGBTQ+ community in KwaZulu-Natal is urged to be vigilant following new reports of several individuals being targeted by criminals on the Grindr dating …
Added on: 04/14/2024
The LGBTQ+ community in KwaZulu-Natal is urged to be vigilant following new reports of several individuals being targeted by criminals on the Grindr dating …
Added on: 04/13/2024
The Umkhonto WeSizwe (MK) party appears to be courting the LGBTIQ+ community by selling rainbow-themed promotional wear, despite its founder repeatedly attacking queer people …