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Gay refugee ‘ambushed’ by homophobe and left with broken leg: ‘I feel like the world has rejected me’

Canary Murungi, a gay man living in the Kakuma Refugee Camp. (Facebook)

A gay refugee in Kakuma, Kenya, was left with a shattered knee after a homophobe “ambushed” him Wednesday morning (28 April).

As Canary Murungi walked on foot to the shops in the Kakuma Refugee Camp at 11am, a fellow refugee from Sudan spotted him, he told PinkNews.

“He ambushed me,” the 24-year-old said, “and questioned why I am a homosexual. He then violently pushed me, causing me to reinjure my right leg.”

Medics at the camp’s clinics have given Murungi “ibuprofen and Panadol”, a brand of paracetamol. He is now desperately searching for a physiotherapist to alleviate his agony, he said.

For Murungi, it’s almost like Groundhog Day. More than a year ago, he suffered a near-identical attack which left him with “broken bones and dislocated joints”.

“I was attacked, beaten and thrown into a long ditch,” Murungi recalled of the March 2020 incident.

“I am in deep pain. I have no help. It has been horrible.”

At the time, he grappled with whether to use “all the cash” he had on him to pay for a physiotherapist. Until then, all Murungi could do was pour warm water on his leg to tend to the pain.

It was only in September that Murungi, who first arrived at the camp in December 2018, no longer needed crutches to walk around. Now his recovery has been thrown into jeopardy.

Such scenes are an all too common sight in Kakuma, a small, impoverished town in northwestern Kenya and the site of one of the largest refugee camps in the country.

The camp is co-managed by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the Kenyan government and the Kenyan Department of Refugee Affairs.

Dozens of queer refugees have been stuck in a violent and murky limbo for years in Kakuma. Each day presents with it increasingly difficult decisions.

Lodging in rickety shelters made of ribbed metal roof panels, reinforced plastic or tents made of tarpaulin sheets, LGBT+ camp residents speak of a life of hunger, limited medical resources and a spectre of violence that haunts them every day.

And for many, their story is the same.

Born in Uganda, they fled from a life of hardship and homophobia to neighbouring Kenya, often with few possessions besides the clothing they wore, to be placed at Kakuma by the immigration authorities.

But in the camp, terror has gripped them. Just weeks before Murungi was assaulted, he and the around 130 other LGBT+ refugees living in block 13 of the camp were grieving.

Chriton “Trinidad Jerry” Atuhwera, described by residents as a “proud trans man”, died of the injuries he sustained after a gang lobbed incendiary devices at his shelter.

His death only compounded the seemingly endless fear the refugees feel.

Many have sparred with gangs of anti-LGBT+ refugees and nearby town locals who have raped them, stabbed them, pelted them with rocks, struck them with sticks and stones and threatened to kill them on an almost daily basis.

Refugees have said they sleep in shifts to keep watch, and this vigilance is deeply eroding the hope they first held coming into the camp.

Now, the refugees are urging people to donate to their GoFundMe as well as to a donation page set up by the Australian activist group, Human in Need.

“Kakuma is brutal,” Murungi said.

“I have felt so much pain, I feel like the world has totally rejected me because I have gone through so much homophobia.”

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by Anonymousreply 1105/03/2021

Paging Ashley Judd.

by Anonymousreply 105/02/2021

Why aren’t people like LGBTQ people who live in countries is illegal allowed to seek asylum in a country where it is legal?

by Anonymousreply 205/02/2021

[quote]Born in Uganda, they fled from a life of hardship and homophobia to neighbouring Kenya

Um... maybe Canada would have been a better choice than shithole backwards "Primitavia".

by Anonymousreply 305/02/2021

R3

That’s not how it works.

by Anonymousreply 405/02/2021

I guess the application process would have taken a bit too long.

by Anonymousreply 505/02/2021

[Quote] Why aren’t people like LGBTQ people who live in countries is illegal allowed to seek asylum in a country where it is legal?

Because even countries that accept gay people hate them and don’t want any more

by Anonymousreply 605/02/2021

R6

They also have to “prove” they’re gay and that’s one reason many get rejected.

by Anonymousreply 705/02/2021

[quote]Because even countries that accept gay people hate them and don’t want any more

Yet the US is happy to welcome countless Mexicans and Indians with open arms. Smh

by Anonymousreply 805/02/2021

Here in Canada, the government LOVES fake refugees and immigrants from gay-murdering hell holes like Syria. Also dirty money from China, and endless supplies of slave labor from India. Actual homosexual refugees fleeing for their lives...no thanks.

by Anonymousreply 905/03/2021

Yeah r9 it pisses me off. Poor guy. He’s gorgeous.

by Anonymousreply 1005/03/2021

This makes me so sad I can barely read about it. It's horrifying and causing bodily harm is sickening.

by Anonymousreply 1105/03/2021
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