THE RUSTIN TIMES
The Refugee Coalition of East Africa is an umbrella organization uniting LGBTQI refugees across East Africa charged with a mission of advocacy, strategy, fundraising, and research. Through the SPARK Fund, The Refugee Coalition is providing funding and mentorship to LGBTQI refugee entrepreneurs in East Africa to either launch or expand their small business idea(s).
THOMSON REUTERS by Nita Bhalla
LGBT+ refugees in Kenya's remote Kakuma camp are being moved to safe houses in Nairobi after they were attacked when protesting for greater protection, the UN said on Thursday. The refugees said they were assaulted by locals and fellow refugees outside the U.N. refugee agency.
GAY CITY NEWS by Matt Tracy
RefCEA is among several organizations assisting in the effort to find housing for the refugees, but they are still in dire need of further help. “We are still waiting to hear if a more detailed plan is to be put into place.”
PINK NEWS by Ella Braidwood
A spokesperson from The Refugee Coalition of East Africa, said that violent acts against LGBT+ people are commonplace in Kenya.
“We strongly condemn these acts of violence against our fellow LGBTQI refugees and urge the UNHCR to take immediate action,”
NBC NEWS Report by Tim Fitzsimons
"The Refugee Coalition of East Africa, a registered LGBTQ community organization in neighboring Kenya, called the committee "an anti-LGBTQI surveillance squad" and sent a message to sexual and gender minorities in Tanzania..."
GAY STAR NEWS by Shannon Power
About 30 LGBTI refugees received injuries in a violent attack after trying to rally for improved conditions at one of the world’s biggest refugee camps in Kenya. The LGBTI refugees were trying to protest ongoing homophobic and transphobic attacks...
THE WASHINGTON BLADE
by Michael K. Lavers
The Refugee Coalition of East Africa “encourages all those observing the (Universal) Declaration (of Human Rights) to further consider LGBTQI refugees around the world, and particularly those of us in regions where our existence, let alone our rights, are threatened.”
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LGBT+ Ugandans fleeing to Kenya face xenophobia and are seen as low- or zero-income foreigners.
RefCEA's LGBTQI SPARK fund launched in response.
By Shadia Naluzze, Secretary on The Refugee Coalition of East Africa's board.
The first LGBTI Pride event ever held in a refugee camp, organized by RefCEA Member
Refugee Flag Kakuma