UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is deeply saddened by the death of an LGBTIQ+ refugee who was the victim of an alleged arson attack on 15 March 2021 in Kakuma refugee camp.
“We are deeply shocked by this tragic loss and wish to express our sincere condolences to the family and friends of the victim. We urge the Kenyan authorities to accelerate their investigation into the alleged attack and hold those responsible to account,” said Fathiaa Abdalla, UNHCR’s Representative in Kenya.
The victim was receiving treatment at the Kenyatta National Hospital. After his admission, it was established that he was suffering from previous health issues for which he was also receiving treatment. Unfortunately, his condition deteriorated and, despite the medical team’s best efforts, he passed away this morning.
The other burn victim is recovering and is expected to be discharged soon.
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