Another life is taken: statement on the death of an LGBTIQ+ refugee in Kakuma camp

April 13, 2021

Forcibly Displaced People Network (FDPN) condemns all targeted and hate based violence against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) asylum seekers and refugees currently stranded in refugee camps and similar temporary accommodation across the world. 

FDPN was made aware through a media statement by UNHCR in Kenya that an LGBTIQ+ refugee had died after being admitted to the hospital as a result of an alleged arson attack on 15 March 2021 in Kakuma refugee camp. You can see the full statement here:

We share the grief and bereavement by the family and friends of the victim and wish to send our deepest condolences. He deserved safety and freedom. His death could have been prevented. 

We will continue to advocate and call on the UNHCR and signatories to the Refugee Convention to ensure safety and wellbeing of LGBTIQ forcibly displaced people. The Canberra Statement on the access to safety and justice for LGBTIQ asylum seekers and refugees recommends that durable solutions such as resettlement must be recognised as the only viable solution for LGBTIQ+ asylum seekers, refugees and other forcibly displaced people. 

The global community must act together to provide a safe permanent home for all LGBTIQ asylum seekers and refugees where they could live their true identities free from discrimination, violence and persecution. 

Today, we grieve and mourn another life that is lost to hate. Rest in power.