Thursday, 12 December 2013

Uganda Underground

An interesting post made on Anonymous LGBT Legion International the other day. We do not know the organisation that has started this, so please exercise caution when getting in contact or agreeing to be involved, but we thought it was  worth re-posting. Please drop a comment if you know more:

New Project Announced: Uganda Underground

Harassment, discrimination, and grave threats of violence are a daily reality for members of the LGBTQ community around the world. And there are few places where this reality is as aggressive and destructive as in the eastern African nation of Uganda.

In addition to potential life-term prison sentences, gay Ugandans live in fear of persecution under the infamous “Kill the Gays” bill, which would punish citizens with death for being who they are and loving who they love.

The hysteria surrounding the bill has caused many LGBTI people to flee for their lives, resulting in total displacement within their own national border. In response to this crisis, Planting Peace has created Uganda Underground, a safe-housing project with sites positioned throughout the African nation. Modeled in part after the historic American abolitionist movement, the Underground Railroad, Uganda Underground and its homes will provide shelter and refuge for those attempting to protect themselves from such widespread prejudice and institutionalized violence. Our goal is to create safe places for those who have been robbed of their dignity and are seeking to start their lives again in Uganda.

But it won't be easy. The Ugandan government does not allow non-profits who are working on LGBTI issues to operate within its borders so our operation must remain underground, with the places of residence kept absolutely secret, in order to protect those in our care. To get involved with Uganda Underground please send a message to:

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