Despite Safety Concerns, LGBT Ugandans Flee to Kenya

Kenya FlagNovember 13, 2015 – Reported by the Human Rights Campaign – An increasing number of LGBT Ugandans who face violence and persecution in their country have been fleeing to Kenya. However, these LGBT refugees who hope to obtain relief and safety in Kenya are often met with the same mix of violence and intense homophobia that they did in Uganda. In some instances, individuals have even reported experiencing an increased amount of violence after relocating.   There was an uptick in violence following the introduction of the Anti-Homosexuality Act in Uganda in early 2014. A 2015 report from the Consortium on Monitoring Violations Based on Sex Determination, Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation revealed that there were 89 verified cases of violence against LGBT people in Uganda in 2014.Uganda perpetrated 47 of those cases. Mob violence became more commonplace and families were quick to denounce their LGBT loved ones. It was because of this massive increase in violence and discrimination that hundreds of LGBT people began to flee to Kenya…story continues below…

Source: Despite Safety Concerns, LGBT Ugandans Flee to Kenya | Human Rights Campaign

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