by Nathan Kipkosgey, Nairobi

by Nathan Kipkosgey, Nairobi

Challenges Faced by LGBTQ Refugees in Africa.

22 Dec, 2018

by Nathan Kipkosgey, Nairobi

Being gay means, you are always in a vulnerable position in the society full hatred and bigotry. This happens in a stable environment but it gets worse off in the state of instability and wars. In periods of wars and instability, everyone is for themselves and God for as all, even rational people don’t want to protect minorities since they have too much in their hand to take care of.
In the state of anarchy people minorities are exposed to harm and more discrimination since the rule of law no longer applies uniformly and impunity takes over. Scares resources during armed conflict make things even worse. During conflict most population tends to be more religious and more conservative which is a very nice environment for homophobia to grow.
Criminalization of being gay in most African countries has made being gay worse, particularly during the war. These means the LGBTQ members can’t seek medical attention from the health centers for fear of victimization. These have led to a high rate of HIV infection among gay people. This is because they can’t access contraceptives such as condoms which are very expensive for them if they can’t access the free ones provided by the government.
With recent anti-immigration sentiments growing all over the world has led to cold reception of the plight of refugees and displaced persons all over the world. Most gay people from conflict regions do seek for asylum in more developed nations of the west but they end up being rejected. These have put their lives in danger since they have nowhere to run to. These governments should stop being politically correct and should give a helping hand to humanity.
International Humanitarian Law pays little attention to matters affecting the LGBTQ community in war zones areas. These have led to a lot of suffering among gay people in the world. These have made the anti-gay crusaders get away with incitement against people with different sexual orientation. These populist leaders and religious leaders who mostly incite their followers should face charges at the International Criminal Court and be charged with crimes against humanity. These ways it will act as a deterrence to incitation against fellow human beings.
The international community should set aside funds to cater to the needs of the LGBTQ members displaced around the world, especially African refugees. These refugees face a lot of discrimination to an extent that they suffer abject poverty. These would enable them to afford basic needs such as food, shelter and clothing. This is because being gay means the community shuns you hence, they can’t secure even menial jobs in order to put food on the table.
Peace should reign all over the world instead of war. War brings nothing but destruction and loss. Discrimination against any minority group should not be tolerated in any way. All people should be left to be. The human race draws its strength from its diversity and a blend of different cultures, preaching of hate should stop, we should let late love fill our hearts instead. The LGBTQ has always and will always be part of our communities. It is time we embrace human rights and say no to discrimination against anyone.