STATEMENT REGARDING THE RISE IN BLACKMAIL REPORTS
This is to bring to your attention that we have been getting a rising number of blackmailing reports from members of the Lenana Cluster. We would like to notify members of LEHA, GKT, HOYMAS, ISHTAR MSM, QUEER HIVE, MPEG, and MWA to stay vigilant whenever they agree to get in contact with people they are meeting.
The areas that have been marked as hotspots in Kiambu and Nairobi counties include Dandora, Greenspan Mall – Donholm, Kangemi, Kasarani, Kibera, Kileleshwa, Kilimani, Lenana, Mlolongo, Nairobi CBD, Ngara, Ruaka, Taj Mall, Thika town, along Thika Road, and areas around Naivasha. We have also noted that some perpetrators are using social media to lure LGBTQ+ people. Kindly be careful when using online dating apps like Grindr, Tinder and Facebook.
GALCK’s Emergency Security Response Team has developed a comprehensive framework on response, prevention and management of SGBV against the LGBTQ+ community. The guide presents key concepts of safety, protection and security. It looks at risks and threats, and how LGBTQ+ persons and SOGIE HRDs can respond to them. See here. This guide can be used to provide direction to the County Governments on critical elements and considerations for policy. We urge county governments to provide adequate resources and enhance partnerships for a comprehensive response to incidences of SGBV. We also encourage them to promote the effectiveness and efficiency in the administration of justice by providing legislative and policy initiatives to protect LGBTQ+ persons.
We urge all LGBTQ+ persons in these areas to stay vigilant and be mindful of their personal security. Additionally, let’s all stay aware of the situation on the ground and share any suspicious incidents. Let’s help keep each other safe!
If you or anyone you know needs to report a case, you can reach us through firstname.lastname@example.org or 020-242-6060.