At just 23 years old, a Ugandan woman with name L, to protect her identity, was told to go back to Ugandan, despite having a correct visa, by Customs and Border Protection officials. You see, L and her girlfriend, E, suffered a horrific attack at a hotel that nearly cost them their lives. A group of men had barged in on the two making love, and they dragged them out onto the streets and started throwing stones and beating them. Paraffin gas was then thrown on them. But before things escalated any futher, the police came and arrested the women and charged them with immorality. Because it is illegal in Uganda to be gay or lesbian, the women were beaten and brutally questioned by authorities.
After being released, the girls moved into the city, where they hoped to start over. Unfortunately L’s father had a man stalk her and send her messages. The man then broke into their house and raped L.
“When asked by Customs and Border Protection officers, this traveler declined the opportunity to apply for political asylum, and denied any fear of returning to her home country,” the spokesperson said, noting that L. also told the officer at the airport that she had not come to the U.S. as a student.
Now, she’s armed with an attorney who called the UN High Commission on Refugees about her situation.
“They wrote to the Emirates people in Dubai in the airport and told them I was there for some time and they would figure it out,” she said.
Not returning to Uganda, L chose to sleep in the airport, and people from the UN brought her much-needed goods.
The best her lawyer and L could do was get a visa to Kenya, where homosexuality is also illegal.