Homophobic affairs: leaving SA was painful, but he ‘had no ...

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Homophobic affairs: leaving SA was painful, but he ‘had no choice’

When even the country with Africa’s most advanced LGBTQI rights let him down, the Kenyan had to look further afield

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As George Barasa’s plane ascended, there was nothing he could do to stop crying. His home country of Kenya had rejected him for being an openly gay, LGBTQI rights activist. SA had rejected him as well.

The department of home affairs (DHA) told him his claims of victimisation at the hands of the Kenyan government were untrue, and accused him of pretending to be homosexual to push his asylum application.

His home continent had betrayed him, and he was forced to abandon it. But ahead lay freedom. Canada had agreed to grant him asylum as a political refugee, and after two years of battling the SA government, he felt leaving was his only option...

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