Persecuted in Chechnya, gay refugees face new struggles in Canada


John Ibbitson writes at the Globe and Mail:

Organizations helping traumatized gay Chechen refugees adapt to their new life in Canada are appealing to Ottawa and fellow Canadians for help.

“They’re struggling,” said Helen Kennedy, executive director of the LGBT advocacy group Egale, of the 16 Toronto-based refugees her organization is assisting. Egale operates a crisis-counselling service that it is adapting to the needs of these most recent arrivals.

But providing the necessary support for the Chechens is a challenge.

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