Kenyan Lucy Murugi escaped to Sweden with the help of a cousin as she fled from harassment and a family that turned her back on her for being a lesbian.
She ended up in Marsta outside Stockholm after running away from one of the slums in Kenya.
She told a Swedish paper that she has had a hard time opening up but her self-esteem strengthened the more time she spent in Sweden. Through contacts with LGBT organizations she could for the first time to talk openly about their sexuality.
However, her sense of security quickly faded giving way to a sense of dire frustrations.
Sweden’s immigration board has concluded that her story is not credible enough after failing what is being described as the credibility test.
At her interview, things did not go as planned and all that could go wrong actually did.
Murugi, 28, was subjected to an in-depth interview with the migration Board where she was expected to convince them that she had genuine reasons to be granted asylum.
She said that in the beginning minutes of interview, she and the interpreter did not understand each other in about ten instances. She described a fear of being misunderstood in a stressful situation.
“I did not understand anything. No one told me what to expect, what I would do or say, or at least give me some guidelines,” Lucy said.
She tells the Swedish paper that in Kenya, homosexuality is criminalized and punishable by up to 14 years in prison and it frightens her.
She says that in Kenya she cannot be open about her lesbianism as it would expose her to harassment. She added that she would not be able to socialize and would be forced to go underground.
She says she will be alone as she will have no family since they abandoned her and the Kenya police and authorities will arrest you for committing a “crime”.
“I have nowhere to run.” she says.
A person who has a well-founded fear of persecution based on sexual orientation is entitled to asylum in Sweden and Migration Board determines the legitimacy of their claims.