Members of the LGBTI community in Kakuma, Kenya, who participated in the historic world’s first pride parade in a refugee camp, have received threats of violence and death if they don’t leave.
“Warning. This is to inform all men and women (gays) living in Kakuma …” a note posted on one of the camp’s noticeboards states.
“Whatever you have been doing has to come to an end. You must leave the camp because you have spoiled our religion and children.”
The threats which follow the world’s third largest refugee camp hosting about 200 people who took part in the pride event on the 16th of June 2018, also insist that those who attended leave the camp.
“If you don’t leave the camp, we are going to kill you one by one and we mean it! Enough is enough.”
According to reports by Gay Star News, Mbazira Moses, the event’s organiser, said those who attended the parade were now living in fear. “This letter has left us in fear, desperate, and indoors with anticipations of violence at any time any day,” he said.
With some LGBTI community members attempting to escape to Nairobi until the situation became calmer at the camp, and others not wanting to go to work after the event, LGBTI rights groups are calling for the camp to do more to protect those at risk of violence.
The latest threats follow a group of violent refugees yelling, spitting, and throwing dirt at the participants During the pride event itself. Despite security, a lesbian and a trans woman were later physically attacked, sustaining injuries.