Queer Africans fleeing Ukraine face ‘grave danger’ even after reaching ‘so-called safe countries’

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03/03/2022

Queer African people fleeing Ukraine are facing “intersecting violence”, campaigners have warned. More than one million people have fled Ukraine since Russia declared war. However, not all refugees are being treated equally. There have been widespread reports of racism at the border against Black people, including African refugees, as well as other people of colour. Ukrainian border officials and the military have singled Black people out: pushing them to the ends of long lines often separated by race, barring them from boarding trains, giving them stale food and even beating them with batons.  Many have been stopped from crossing the border. White Ukrainians, meanwhile, are let through. “When the Ukraine crisis unfolded and folks fled for safety, white supremacy manifested as basic human rights were refused to refugees, we knew queer Africans would face intersecting violence,” Faris Cuchi Gezahegn, co-founder of House of Guramayle, told PinkNews.

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