Photo story: "They tried to bury my son alive"

Matofu* fled persecution for being gay, but on arriving at Dzaleka refugee camp, Malawi, with his young son Suphi*, they encountered further discrimination and abuse. When some men tried to bury Suphi alive, Matofu realised it was time to flee again.

<p>When some men tried to bury Matofu&rsquo;s son alive, he realised it was time to flee again.When some men tried to bury Matofu&rsquo;s son alive, he realised it was time to flee again.</p>Suphi was almost killed, simply because his dad is gay © Gemma Taylor/International HIV/AIDS Alliance

The camp is home to nearly 30,000 refugees and asylum seekers. Matofu, 41, and Suphi, 10, arrived here three years ago, in 2015. They became friends with Didier, 27, who is also gay, and also experienced horrendous abuse at the camp.

Malawi’s Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR) works with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people (LGBT) at the camp, providing a vital source of support for those facing an extremely hostile situation.

Click on the photos below to find out about Matofu, Suphi and Didier’s experience at the camp. 

*names changed

CHRR has been assisted by a grant from the Rapid Response Fund, which is managed by the International HIV/AIDS Alliance and funded by the Elton John AIDS Foundation. The Fund makes grants to LGBT and MSM organisations so they can carry out urgent work to alleviate the stigma, discrimination and violence that threaten provision, access and uptake of HIV services for MSM and LGBT people.