Persecuted in Chechnya, gay refugees face new struggles in Canada

On Sept 4, 2017 The Globe and Mail reported: Organizations helping traumatized gay Chechen refugees adapt to their new life in Canada are appealing to Ottawa and fellow Canadians for help.

“They’re struggling,” said Helen Kennedy, executive director of the LGBT advocacy group Egale, of the 16 Toronto-based refugees her organization is assisting. Egale operates a crisis-counselling service that it is adapting to the needs of these most recent arrivals.

But providing the necessary support for the Chechens is a challenge.

“The trauma that these folks have endured, the amount of violence – we hear a lot of awful things, but this is off the charts,” Ms. Kennedy said Sunday in an interview.

Earlier this year, the Chechen government launched a pogrom against gay men in the Russian republic, where homophobia is deeply entrenched.

Read more at: Persecuted in Chechnya, gay refugees face new struggles in Canada – The Globe and Mail

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