Tasha (right) and Beyonce (left), Ugandan refugees living in Nairobi where they are supported by NGO Nature Network.
Tasha (21), a Ugandan refugee living in Nairobi where she is supported by NGO Nature Network. Tasha is a transgender woman who presents as female, because of this she is often targeted and she does not often leave the apartment where she lives. ''As a transgender, I'm always indoors. Me, I never move out. I've never enjoyed my life here in Nairobi, that is what I have to tell you. Because from Monday to Monday, from January to January I'm always indoors. I only move out if it's really important, very-very important, because I'm scared for my life. Being in the same place, same house, same room from today, tomorrow, the other day, the other day, daily. It really bothers our mind and then you are all there. You feel like you're being tortured in a way, so you're not free to do what you want. At times you feel like you wanna take poison''. Tasha explains how many Ugandan refugees end up in sex work in order to be able to afford food and shelter. ''I personally, I'm not doing sex work, but most of the people, most of my refugee friends are engaging into sex work. Because they want to earn a living. And most of the people that are engaging into sex work are getting different diseases like HIV/AIDS... We've had people, refugees, in fact here, Ugandan refugees dying of AIDS because they have gotten it here in Nairobi. And most of the time when they get these diseases because as for refugees we cannot afford the hospitals and stuff. They end up getting so sick, very ill and we cannot treat them. At the end of the day they end up losing their life because of practicing sex work. They never want to disclose it to anyone, because they are scared of discrimination... I don't wanna lose my life. I'm still young. I still have a future out there. I wanna do something for myself. I wanna stand out for other LGBTI people''.