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Safe Houses for the LGBTI Ugandans in Kenya

Over 300 asylum seekers in Kenya who allegedly fled the homophobia and persecution in Uganda are still faced with physical and mental torture as fellow asylum seekers in Kenyan refugee camps turns more hostile. LGBTI asylum seekers cannot easily integrate in to this homophobic society where bullying, harassment and arrests by security agents are already at the increase. Ark Commune, an organization dedicated to supporting LGBTI migrants in their quest for a decent life and for freedom and justice had started with safe houses for the LGBTI Ugandans. According to the founder, Rev. Father Anthony Musaala, a Ugandan suspended priest now fighting for the safety of Ugandan asylum seekers in Kenya, pictured right, the Ark Communes will be the safest place where sexual minorities can live without harassment while in the process.

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Peterson Ssendi

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  • Black African MSM appear twice as likely to contract HIV as other ethnic groups

    (Sigma Research, 2011)

  • BAME MSM make up 0.1% of the total population in the UK, but 13% of MSM diagnosed with HIV.

    (Nastal-3, PHE, 2013)

  • Black MSM are also twice as likely to report homophobic attacks in their local area compared to the white population - 13% compared to 6% respectively

    (Stonewall, 2013)