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UK to deport lesbian to Uganda for ‘being single for five years’

A 30-year-old woman who was raped by her uncle, leaving relationships traumatic, will be deported tomorrow

UK to deport lesbian to Uganda for ‘being single for five years’

The UK government will be deporting a lesbian back to Uganda as she has been single for five years.

Harriet Nakigudde, 30, applied for asylum in the UK fearing for her life because of her sexuality.

The asylum seeker, who first came to the country in 2009, fled her native country after an event that left her deeply traumatized.

In 2008, her uncle raped her to ‘cure’ her sexuality. Following this, her family disowned her and she was forced to leave Uganda.

‘I’m so depressed. I’m traumatized,’ she told Gay Star News, saying she suspects she has HIV.

‘I don’t want to go back. My family has disowned me. My friends know I’m a lesbian. I’m afraid if I go back I’ll be put in prison.

‘People will attack me. They’ll stone me. I’m just scared. I can’t sleep at night, I’m so scared I will die.’

Nakigudde explained the reason why she’s been unable to have a relationship with a woman since her rape is because of her trauma.

When asked if she had a life in the gay community, she said the few people she knows are deeply religious and she feared if she came out they would reject her.

Her deportation tomorrow follows a previous attempt at removing her from the UK. On 17 May, Nakigudde collapsed while boarding a plane to Uganda. She was removed from the plane and told she would be deported again in a few weeks.

This is in despite of a pending judicial review application in the High Court.

Edwin Sesange, director of Africa’s Out and Proud LGBTI Diamond Group, described the Home Office’s decision as a ‘miscarriage of justice’.

‘It is very clear that no action should have been taken by the Home Office to issue any removal direction while a person has applied for her case to be reviewed by the highly respected courts of law in the UK,’ he said.

‘It is also a shame that the Home Office determines people’s sexuality depending on the period they have spent without partners.

‘I have visited this young woman in detention, listened to her, checked out her story. I believe she is a lesbian, traumatized and engulfed in fear for life.’

Last year, a gay Ugandan woman died after being deported from the UK.

Gay Star News has spoken to the Home Office about Nakigudde and is awaiting a response.


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