Chimbalanga, Tiwonge. “My Home, My Body, My Dream.” in My Home, My Body and My Dreams – Reflections by African LGBTQI Refugees in South Africa, Edited by People Against Suffering Oppression and Poverty (PASSOP), 13–14. Cape Town: Friedrich Naumann Stiftung, 2018.

  • Category: Literature
  • Source: NGOs
  • Subject: Trans woman,Belonging,Xenophobia,Asylum/Refugee,Discrimination,Documentation status,Homophobia,LGBTI,Transgender,Transphobia
  • Place: Malawi,South Africa
  • Year: 2018
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This is an autobiographical personal essay written by Tiwonge Chimbalanga and published in PASSOP's My Home, My Body and My Dreams - Reflections by African LGBTQI Refugees in South Africa (2018). You can read more about the larger body of work below: There are a large number of immigrants living in South Africa, estimates varying between one and three million, the most vulnerable of which are LGBTI asylum seekers, refugees and undocumented immigrants who comprise the largest share of the immigrant population. The fact that such a large share of the immigrant population is undocumented is at least in part the result of huge backlogs, poor queue management, corruption, and a general lack of resources at the Refugee Reception Centres across South Africa, as well as an incoherent immigration policy in general. PASSOP through funding from FNF is working through this particular project “LGBT REFUGEES: MY RIGHT” to end the stigma, discrimination, and all around unsafe conditions that LGBTI refugees in South Africa face due to lack of exposure to and education about these individuals, their experiences, and their needs. The above goal will be achieved through the following objectives:
  1. Help government officials and community leaders to be better equipped to handle issues that LGBTI refugees face in South Africa.
  2. Raise awareness around the plight of LGBTI refugees and asylum-seekers in South Africa for a general public that they interact with on an everyday basis.
  3. Strengthen networks that unite LGBTI refugees, asylum-seekers and immigrants and provide them with outlets for emotional support and counselling as well as a sense of community with South Africans more broadly.
Through this project, we gathered stories of few LGBTI refugees based in Cape Town and these stories are published in this book in order to raise awareness on the issues that LGBTI refugees face here in South Africa.