LGBT refugees attacked and threatened with death after holding Pride celebration in camp

A group of LGBT refugees have been attacked and been sent death threats after they held a Pride event in their refugee camp.

A group of refugees have faced physical violence and death threats from other camp members following the first Pride parade in the camp at the weekend.

Kenya’s Kakuma refugee camp is home to many LGBT refugees who have fled their home countries due to fear of homophobic persecution.

Members of the camp’s LGBT community (Refugee Flag Kakuma / Facebook)

The refugees who organised the event are from group Refugee Flag Kakuma, and it was primarily attended by LGBT people who had fled neighbouring Uganda with the help of a crowdfunder.

Shortly after the celebration, a member of Refugee Flag Kakuma spotted a sign that had been placed prominently on one of the camp’s notice boards.

The handwritten message demanded that the LGBT refugees leave the camp, threatening to kill them if they stayed.

The notice appeared in the camp shortly after the event (Refugee Flag Kakuma / Provided)

The sign stated: “Warning. This is to inform all men and women (gays) living in Kakuma 3, Zone 1, Block 1.

“Whatever you have been doing has to come to an end. We have kept quiet for some time. You must leave the camp because you have spoiled our religion and children.

“If you don’t leave the camp, we are going to kill you one by one and we mean it. Enough is enough.”

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