In This Country, Being Gay Makes You an Exile

With homosexuality illegal in 38 African countries, life remains dangerous for gay refugees seeking safety in Kenya.
Nov 6, 2014·
Samantha Cowan is an associate editor for culture.

In February, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni signed a law punishing any act of homosexuality with life in prison. Though the law was struck down in August because of a technicality, the largely Christian country remains a pocket of intolerance toward LGBT community members, who face discrimination, torture, and—if the law is reenacted as policy makers have reportedly promised to do—imprisonment.

Fearing for their lives and their family's safety, some LGBT Ugandans have fled to the Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya. Homosexuality is also illegal in Kenya, and life is far from safe in the camp, home to 140,000 war refugees from South Sudan, Burundi, and DRC.

TakePart World producer Alex Stapleton talks to several Ugandan refugees experiencing threats and violence in the camp.

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