Ghanaian refugee deported from Belgium for not being ‘gay enough’


A Belgian man is pleading for help after his Ghanaian boyfriend is forcibly deported by authorities.

In a series of emotional messages posted to Facebook, Jurgen Hendrickx, a gay Belgium man, has been asking for help after his boyfriend Festus was physically forced onto a flight back to Ghana after a two-year struggle.

Hendrickx, an electric engineer from Antwerp, in the northern part of Belgium, says his boyfriend has been repeatedly threatened by family members because of his sexuality.

Despite this, he was forced back onto a plane to Ghana at 10:25am yesterday, and there are concerns surrounding his safety.

Currently in Ghana, there is a three-year sentence for those caught in homosexual acts.

“Where is our human dignity to gay men?” Jurgen posted. “At the recent pride in Brussels, we mentioned the persecution of homosexuals in Chechnya.

“Now they’re sending my boyfriend right into the hands of his potential torturers/murderers.”

Last year, Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, brought up LGBT+ rights during a meeting with Ghanaian President John Dramani Mahama.

Words Ifan Llewelyn

Related: LGBT refugees are experiencing horrific abuse – there is still a massive amount of work to do



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