Ugandan Lesbian Faces Deportation From UK

Pink News has reported that asylum seeker Aidah Asaba faces deportation back to Uganda.

 

Asaba sought refuge in the UK after her family, friends and community abused her for being a lesbian. Her family forced her into an arranged marriage in which her husband allegedly beat and raped her and her community accused her of ‘recruiting young girls to be lesbians’ and arranged a town meeting to discuss her sexuality.

Asaba AidahAsaba faces deportation as UK home office officials ‘do not believe she is a lesbian’, though she believes Ugandan authorities know her identity and the details of her situation. Uganda has been famously criticised in the media for its inhumane and cruel treatment towards gay people with homosexuality punishable by 14 years imprisonment.

Asaba says:

 

“I fear for my life if they will take me back to Uganda, my life has become worthless, I wish I wasn’t born, it is too much for me to bear. I cannot believe I am going to meet my death in Uganda because of my sexuality. …I am only praying for a miracle to happen such that I can live my life without fear of being persecuted or killed because of my sexuality. Please, I beg the U.K. government to help me.”

A rally in support of Asaba is planned for today (21st May 2014) outside the House of Lords in London, UK. Support groups attending the event include the Proud Diamond group, Sexual Minorities Uganda and the U.K.-based African LGBTI Out. You can show your support by signing this Change.org petition.

Rachel Newbolt

Rachel is a web media student from London, UK.