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ITGNC Refugees &Asylum Seekers: A forgotten people

[sbs_blog_stats] The lives of intersex, trans gender and gender non-conforming refugees residing in the country has been one that has been characterized by many life- threatening challenges. Whether in the camps or in the urban areas, these persons live in constant fear and distress.[sbs_blog_stats] The lives of intersex, trans gender and gender non-conforming refugees residing …

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Debunking the Notion that Non-conforming Gender Identities are Un-African

[sbs_blog_stats] Oftentimes, we shun discussions on the acceptance and inclusion oftransgender and gender non-conforming persons and strongly reiterate that suchidentities are foreign to the African culture. Is this really the case? Historical evidenceshows that such identities not only existed but were also accepted and respected. In Senegal for instance such gender identities were tolerated under …

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Unsafe in Somalia, Unwanted in Kakuma, Unwelcome in Nairobi: The Nightmares of Intersex Children Refugees

[sbs_blog_stats]The sound of gunshots and blasts of bombs ring the air. A house burns here, a village scatters there. A woman clutches her child to her breast and runs, but the hem of her bui-bui catches flame. She puts it out with a repeated slap of the hand. But she cannot put out the fire …

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A GUIDE ON THE ASYLUM SEEKING PROCESS IN KENYA

[sbs_blog_stats] The registration, documentation and protection of refugees in Kenya is conducted by the Refugee Affairs Secretariat (RAS). The Refugee Affairs Secretariat (RAS) has offices in the following locations: • Dadaab • Eldoret: Public Works Building next to immigration, Oloo Street • Kakuma • Mombasa: Opposite St. Mary’s Academy, Bombolulu estate • Nairobi: Corporate Place, …

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CHALLENGES FACED BY ITGNC REFUGEES IN THE REGISTRATION AND DOCUMENTATION PROCESS

[sbs_blog_stats]UNHCR statistics show that Kenya hosts an estimate of 74206 registered refugees, 64000 of them living in the urban areas. However, there is no clear statistics on the number of intersex, transgender and gender non-conforming refugees living in the urban areas. As a refugee, registration and documentation is a very key process this not only …

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THE REFUGEE BILL 2019: A RELIEF FOR REFUGEES IN KENYA

[sbs_blog_stats]The Refugees Bill of 2019 is among the Bills signed by the president earlier this November. Thislaw embodies a difficult but necessary journey in improving the lives of refugees in Kenya. It isthe successful attempt at improving the current legal framework following a previous failedattempt in the year 2017. The importance of this bill cannot …

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Media Partiality and its effect on the Right to Vote

The general elections are coming soon and the biggest question right now is have you registeredas a voter? But this cannot knock the most important question of all out of the race. The onequestion that will forever be ringing in everyone’s mind even long after the elections. Thequestion that is to determine the course of …

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Twice rejected: The Plight of Intersex, Transgender and Gender Non-conforming Refugees

“Go back to your country! “Those I imagine are the last words a refugee would want to hear. Picture that coupled with the distress of identifying or expressing a gender that does not conform to the dominant social and cultural norms. This is the normal for Intersex, Transgender and Gender Non-conforming Refugees and Asylum Seekers …

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