Photos from a refugee camp in Kenya illustrate the extremes LGBTI people are living in because of their sexuality.
A photo shared online by a refugee at the Kakuma camp in north western Kenya shows the snake that attacked one of his tent mates, Gibson, in the night.
The refugee who shared the picture claims it is one of the most dangerous snakes in the world. ‘It’s a common brown snake. This snake is considered the world’s second most venomous on land.’
The snake is believed to be a black mamba. The venom of a Black mamba snake can kill a mouse in less than 5 minutes, and its bite is fatal to humans.
Gibson survived the engagement while the snake was killed: He suggests this is just a matter of daily living in the camp.
He listed the other threats LGBT refugees face in the camp, while remaining stoical. ‘This time I won’t blame the Refugee Agency, or any one for what LGBTI’s face in Kakuma Refugee camp: from [the] homophobia around [us], to scorpions, centipedes, snakes.
‘Honestly I won’t blame any one, even though we have to face being a minority in this camp. I’m just glad that we have the courage to be in a place were hope looks to be lost.’
The situation in refugees camps for LGBTI people is dire. The refugees face discrimination from other people staying there. They are often the victims of extreme violence, including machete attacks.
Because of their sexuality they are forced to live in close quarters, in which a venomous animal could pose a lethal threat.
The Kenyan government announced in May it will start closing down the number of camps around the country.
However, there have been reports Kakuma and other camps may stay open, following an international backlash.
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