Project to help sexual refugees

Published: June 15, 2011

South Africa is one of the few countries in the world that grants asylum status to people who have been persecuted on the basis of their sexual orientation.

Once a refugee permit is obtained, a person can legally live in South Africa for two years at a time with nearly all the rights of a citizen. Yet sexual refugees who make their way to Cape Town often face hostility from their immigrant communities, which shut them from crucial means of support.

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