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    Helping one community leader stay connected

    Day 95

    Thank You, Mbazira

    One of the friends we’ve made in Nairobi is Mbazira Moses. He’s the Executive Director of Refugee Flag Kakuma, a local organization that supports and advocates for LGBTIQ+ refugees.

    He’s also a trusted community leader that works tirelessly to make sure the people around him are safe and cared for. He serves as a voice for the LGBTIQ+ refugee community living in Kenya and around the world.

    During the heightened protection issues in Kakuma Refugee Camp in December, Moses was one of many who was attacked by the police and local community. He was brutally beaten and his phone was destroyed and then confiscated.

    He arrived in new center in Nairobi without a phone, which meant that he really didn’t have any way to communicate with the outside world – including fellow community members living in urban Nairobi, those that remained in Kakuma, and others around the world who turned to him for updates about the community.

    When he could, he borrowed his friend’s phone.

    Recognizing the need for open communication and his role as a community leader, we got him a brand new mobile phone. And boy did we see an increase in information coming out of the center!

    We hope this small gesture of appreciation for all Mbazira does will allow him to continue his role as a leader, advocating for those that need support the most.

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