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Rainbow refugees increasingly look to Canada for safety

Posted on: July 1, 2024

Steven Kabuye didn’t know what it was like to be gay and safe before he came to Canada.

He fled from Uganda, where an Anti-Homosexuality Act is in place. In January, he was stabbed in the neck, arm and stomach just a few kilometres from his house.

“This person tried to end my life while shouting,” Die you homosexual,” he said.

In March, he arrived in Canada and applied for refugee protection on the basis of persecution because of his sexual orientation. He’s now living and studying in Vancouver while awaiting a decision by Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB).

According to advocacy groups like Rainbow Railroad, Kabuye is one of hundreds of a so-called wave of “rainbow refugees” who are choosing Canada as a safe haven.

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