As you know, today is Easter Sunday and the Trans Day of Visibility. I think it is totally fitting that these two days fall on the same day this year. Jesus consistently sought out and loved those who were oppressed and treated violently. We are invited to do the same today.

I would like to introduce you to my friend and ask for your help.

Olla

Their name is Olla. They are the person on the left in the photo. They are a 24-year-old transgender woman from Uganda, and they are currently a refugee staying in a Sudanese refugee camp. They are seeking asylum due to the violence they have experienced as a member of the LGBTQ+ community. They are also a human rights activist and a transgender advocate.

Uganda

In 2023 Uganda passed the Anti-Homosexuality Act, which can lead to imprisonment and the death penalty in some cases.

Olla’s story:

Before becoming a refugee, I was a fashion stylist and a songwriter but a close friend of mine came out and told my family that I’m a gay transgender which made my stepfather torture me. He called the community leaders and all the village members. I was beaten so badly. I was only 18 years old at the time.

Before fleeing my village, my stepfather pushed a long dry stick into my anus to punish me for being trans. Because of this act of cruelty, I developed perennial abscesses and later colonic fistula. I moved to my friend’s house for like a month and later he chased me because I was dripping pus, and I had a bad smell.

I became a street child in Kampala, Uganda for a year in 2019 at the age of 19. One day a woman came to give food to street people, and I met her and told her my problems. I was rotting and I had a bad smell, and I was still seeping pus. The woman agreed to help me and took me to her home. She discussed it with her husband, and he told her to give me treatment. I had a surgery and was given a small sum of 50,000 Ugandan shillings. After receiving the treatment, he said I should leave their house because I will initiate their kids with the demons on me. Until now I can’t forget the woman’s generosity.

From Kampala, I moved to Sorot (Soroti City in Eastern Uganda) and stayed at a friend’s house until he chased me off because he was tired of me.

Kenya

From there I moved to Kenya in 2021 and I became homeless on streets of Nairobi until a person referred me to an organization which helped me. They me to Red Cross Kenya where I stayed for a week. Then they took me to Kakuma refugee camp which is found in the northern sides of Kenya Turkana land.

When I reached the Kakuma refugee camp, I became a voice for voiceless transgenders, and I was writing on behalf of the LGBTQ refugees and asylum seekers living in the Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya.

Our story is a heartbreaking example of the discrimination and violence that so many African LBGTQ people face living in camps as refugees.

Unfortunately, we face numerous challenges and sufferings, including discrimination, harassment, violence, and limited access to essential services such as healthcare, education, and employment. To make matters worse, the Kenyan authorities have refused to recognize and protect LGBTQ individuals, leading to a lack of legal protections and recognition.

Kakuma Refugee Camp

Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya is home to over 200,000 refugees and asylum seekers from across Africa and beyond.

South Sudan

On the19th of December we had a dialogue with Kenyan officials, and they chased us from the Kenyan Kakuma refugee camp, so we fled to South Sudan. I am currently staying in a refugee camp in Southern Sudan.

I live on the outskirts of the camp with 10 other transgender people, struggling each day just to survive. As you know Sudan is in a war and it is hostile here.

Our plea is to find a safer place as transgenders and LGBT community.

We sleep on empty stomachs and lack access to proper medical treatment for various medical conditions. Our situation is dire, and we need your help to spread awareness and write about us.

We are reaching out to you with a plea for support. Your donations can help provide food, clothing, and medical treatment for me and the LGBTQ community.

Without your generosity I cannot get the treatment I need to recover.

What you can do:

Your support can also help us to spread awareness and advocate for the rights and safety that we as human beings deserve. We urge you to stand with us in solidarity and support. Even a small act can make a real difference in the lives of LGBTQ refugees and asylum seekers in Kakuma. Together, we can create a world where all individuals, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity, can live with dignity and respect.

You can still share our GoFundMe campaign page on the story just incase some to help and donate to us please for food medication and other important things https://gofund.me/56ab1759


UGANDAN LGBTIQ REFUGEES in GREAT DANGER!, organized by Richard Decker

Because I was tortured and harassed, I created an organization willing and ready to help fellow LGBT community called The Call For Transgenders Empowerment.

Thank you for your kindness and compassion.

Olla

Human Rights Activist

Transgender Advocate

The Call for Transgender Empowerment

I am sending out Olla’s story to raise awareness of what is taking place in Africa. If you know of an organization that can help, please let me know.

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