*UPDATED with background for ORAM – March 2, 2012*
ORAM, the Organization for Refuge, Asylum and Migration that offers legal services to LGBTI people living in hostile countries has unveiled a new animated campaign. The four videos, uploaded to Vimeo today, focus on personal stories of LGBTI persons living in Jamaica, Iran, Iraq and Zimbabwe. The videos have no narration but manage to convey the horrors of daily life for non-heterosexual people living in extremely intolerant environments.
ORAM has sent us a bit of background information on the “Nowhere to Run” campaign.
Nowhere to Run from ORAM – Organization for Refuge, Asylum & Migration – chronicles the challenges lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) refugees face around the world.
Lukela’s Story: Lukela is cast out of Zimbabwe after being outed as a lesbian. She soon finds life in South Africa to be as difficult as back in her homeland.
Marwan’s Story: Marwan is violently attacked while walking in his Iraqi city and his lover is killed. He flees to Syria, but how long can he stay there when his reason for seeking refuge is not accepted?
Naheed’s Story: Naheed’s father kicks her out of the house after eavesdropping on her and her girlfriend. She and her lover try to flee to Turkey, but the girlfriend is intercepted. Naheed makes it, but faces an uphill struggle.
Paul’s Story: In Jamaica, Paul is ostracized by his neighbors for being openly gay. He tries to flee to the United Kingdom, but will he make it into the country?
Organization for Refuge, Asylum & Migration (ORAM) is the only organization worldwide focused exclusively on helping vulnerable LGBTI refugees find safety and rebuild their lives in welcoming communities. ORAM provides refugees with free counseling and increases support for refugees through advocacy and education.
ORAM unveiled their five year plan last year in which item one is moving LGBTI people to safety:
Help Institutions Move LGBTI Refugees to Safety
In order for significant numbers of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) refugees to be moved to safety, a critical mass of LGBTI-friendly institutions must include these refugees in their protection agendas. Likewise, LGBTI and mainstream institutions and communities must be willing and able to accept, resettle and integrate those refugees. ORAM’s strategy is focused on fostering inclusion of LGBTI persons in those institutions’ agendas and helping them to implement positive policies and best practices.
ORAM tells ACTUP.org they will be launching a further campaign around these videos for World Refugee Day on June 20, 2012.