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Sun Jun 23, 2019, 04:45 AM

Kenya sends LGBT refugees back to 'homophobic' camp

Kenya has ordered a group of LGBT+ refugees to return to a camp where they faced homophobic violence.

Kenya’s armed police reportedly escorted the group of 76 people back to the camp in Kakuma on Wednesday night (June 19).

The refugees—including at least 20 children, according to the Thomson Reuters Foundation—were moved to safe houses in Nairobi by the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) after a series of violent attacks.

The first among them fled in December 2018, after a protest outside the UNHCR building saw several LGBT+ people attacked by fellow refugees and locals. At the time it was described as a “permanent relocation.”

However on Thursday (June), the UNHCR told the BBC that the Kenyan government decided the refugees “should be living in camps and, if they reside outside of camps, it should be with appropriate documentation.”


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