COVID-19 in refugee campS

  • –My name is Geofrey and I’m 22 years old. My dream is to become a computer analyst, designing software and helping to connect people around the world.But for the past six months, my world has become very small. I’ve been stuck in Kakuma, a refugee camp in Kenya.I had to leave my life in Uganda suddenly when my parents found out that I’m gay. They threatened to kill me. Word spread to our neighbors and friends. I was so afraid, so I fled.But shortly after arriving in Kakuma, I was violently attacked by other refugees living here. It’s not safe for LBGT+ people like me. And now that I’m here, there’s no way to leave.That’s why I’m so afraid for myself and my community. COVID-19 has arrived in Africa, and we’re starting to see drastic increases in the number of cases every day.When COVID-19 arrives in the Kakuma refugee camp, it’s going to be completely devastating, especially for the LGBT+ community, whose lives are already in danger.That’s why the Refugee Coalition of East Africa, the African Human Rights Coalition, and All Out have launched an emergency fundraiser.We need 745 more All Out members to donate just US$5. Can you donate today?By donating, you’ll help pay for much-needed food, sanitation, emergency transport, and urgent medical care for up to 200 LGBT+ refugees for the next 3 months.Kakuma is the world’s largest refugee camp. There are almost 200,000 people living in a space originally built for 70,000 people. It will be near impossible to practice “social distancing.”There is only one hospital here, with just 180 beds. We’re given extremely meager food rations – never enough to get me through the month.Given these conditions, I’m so afraid for my fellow LGBT+ refugees. Many of us already have compromised immune systems and are forced to live cramped together in unsanitary conditions.My heart goes out to the thousands and thousands of people already impacted by this worldwide pandemic. But please, don’t forget us. We literally have no way to get out of here.There is so little help for us here. You can make a huge difference in our lives with a small donation today.Thank you for your support,Geofrey

    ●︎ Gay refugees sent back to ‘homophobic Kenya camp’ – BBC, 20 June 2019
    ●︎ Refugees in African camps worry about impact of coronavirus – The Irish Times, 15 March 2020

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