I AM WHAT I AM
Injustice, discrimination, misunderstanding and violence– these are the words homosexuals in Uganda have to deal with every day, every hour, every second.
When I started to research for my blog post I had not really an idea where this journey will going to. Then I discovered by coincidence a map about „penalties targeting gays and lesbians in Africa“. I looked at further blogs and articles: One shocking story followed the next but then I stopped by an article on „Spiegel online“ by Johannes Korge.
The author analyze the situation and living of homosexuals in Uganda’s capital Kampala. Furthermore he focus on a young strong-minded lesbian- called Biggie, 29- and her difficult way of living since her coming-out 3 years ago.
The local government consider to confine gays and lesbians- in Uganda called „Kuchus“- to prison. Lifelong. Only because they are what they are.
In 2010 a newspaper called for the hounding of homosexuals and tried to enforce a law for the death penalty.
As a result the primary life of homosexuals can only occurs in the underground. Parties are organized in private houses- entry is only possible with invitation and codeword.
On the 26. January 2011 the discrimination reached his hight. David Kato- a teacher and activist identified himself as „first openly gay Ugandan“ had to die. His skull had been crushed with a hammer. According to the police a random attack.
Two american directors- Malika Zouhall-Worrall and Katherine Fairfax-Wright shot a documentary film titled „call me a Kuchu“ released in 2012. It reports on the homosexual discrimination in Uganda and points out the brutal conflict some humans have to deal with.
It might be a loud appeal not only to Kampala’s residents in fact to the rest of the world.
One of the late David Kato’s quotation states:
“They kept on saying we are not here. But as of late, we are here.” — David Kato
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