Lucky & John / Kenya
“It was the year 2013 1st April, when I met Lucky at the birthday party of a friend of mine. When I looked at him, I liked him, and he had all the qualities that I wanted for someone to love. For example, he was handsome. And caring, loving. So that first made me fall in love with him. Asking him his phone number, he gave it to me, and I started calling him, even dating him seriously, sending him messages, and we started even meeting in defined places. So, one time, I told him that I want a serious relationship.
He welcomed the idea, and he was happy about it, because he was staying with his uncle. By then, his parents had already died in a car accident, both of them. So, he needed someone who could take care of him, someone who could show him love, care, and makes him forget the stresses of being an orphan.
So, we started staying together, renting our house, as a couple, till in 2014, late December, on a Christmas day, when my parents realized that we’re gays. They based on their ways, how like it was. They were even used to treat Lucky, and the way he used to behave, like a lady. I called him my sweetheart. I could call him all sweet things. So one time, they came to the place where we were staying, and by just, I was not around, so they attacked him. When they attacked him, he managed to escape. He ran away, and then, he told me, “Don’t come back home, because even me have left home, ’cause your parents went there to kill me. They realized that we are gays.’
I had a friend of mine named Ginger. I directed him, and then I told him, “Go there, and hide yourself. I’ll find you there.” Later in two hours, I also went to Ginger, where I found Lucky, to my friend’s place, Andy. We managed to stay there for some good month. So, in Feb, we hadn’t enough money to come to Nairobi together, so we had to let him come to Kenya, Nairobi, where he came to stay in Feb, 2015.
And I also followed him on 16th April, 2016. For him, he had already registered by the government, and the UN, but by the time I arrived here, the government had already closed. That is in 2016. They could not register anymore, because they told me, they haven’t yet opened, so they took me to Kakuma where I stayed for six months, and the situation there was not good. It was so worse, like in terms of fitting even the people being homophobic on gays, ’cause most of they are Sudanese and Somalians. So, we used to talk, Lucky and I called, and I told him the situation. He connected me to the Natures Network, who give me the support to bring me back to Nairobi.”