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LGBTI Refugees in Dire Standoff

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I am Melanie Nathan and direct the African Human Rights Coalition:

The Kenyan government has threatened to forcibly remove LGBTQI refugees from a safe shelter to force compliance with an eviction notice.

We are working as an intermediary,  attempting a compromise solution to the vacating of the Shelter by deadline June 01!

This is  very complicated due to the significant safety issue for the refugees who are traumatized and have already experienced significant violence and injury, to include the rape of a terrified young girl, among them.

They are torn between choosing likely violence, injury and arrests by Kenyan police (precedent for this is clear) or the extremely unsafe homophobic conditions outside of the Shelter in tenancy situations which can lead to assaults and rape (precedent for this is clear.)   

We have asked UNHCR to negotiate an extension of time with the Kenyan government.

In the meantime the refugees are starving!

UNHCR is barred from delivering services to the compound and the refugees have to leave to purchase their own food.  

We seek emergency funding to enable us to pay for food and its delivery.

PLEASE help! 

Any amount over immediate food needs will be used toward ongoing needs, and any amount in excess will be used toward medical bills and humanitarian needs for the many refugees and asylum seekers in enormous need at this time!

Tax deductible donations can be made at


UNHCR System is Not Working for Persecuted LGBTI Refugees: READ MASK 01 HERE 

Desperation for Sick LGBTQI Refugee: READ MASK 02 HERE 

Gay Refugee Plight Screams for Humanitarian Basics: READ MASK 03 HERE 

Lesbian Refugees Destitute in Kenya: READ MASK 04 HERE 

Mistreatment of Lesbian Asylum Seeker Reveals Corrupt South African Officials: READ MASK 05 HERE 

UNHCR Deeply Concerned about LGBTI Refugees in Kenya: READ MASK 06 HERE 



Mel Nathan
San Anselmo, CA

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