Scores of LGBT+ refugees in Kenya slum face homophobic attacks, eviction

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06/11/2019

Scores of LGBT+ refugees are in desperate need of emergency shelter after facing homophobic threats, violence and eviction warnings from community members in a Nairobi slum, the refugees and human rights campaigners said on Tuesday. The 76 LGBT+ refugees – mostly from Congo but also from Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, Ethiopia and South Sudan – have been living in cramped rooms in the informal settlement in the Kenyan capital since April. The group, which includes at least 20 children, moved to Nairobi from a refugee camp seeking better protection and ended up in the slum, where they said they had been harassed, insulted and even physically attacked. “The landlord told us that we should leave by Wednesday. But this is not even our country. We have nowhere to go,” said Paul, 29, whose full name is being withheld for his protection.

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