Germany’s fears block Ugandans’ trip to safety seminar

4 Feb

German visa for LGBTS


Publicity for HAMIAM campaign for funds to help endangered Ugandans in 2014. (Photo from HAMIAM via Facebook) Publicity for last year’s HAMIAM campaign for funds to help endangered Ugandans. (Photo from HAMIAM via Facebook)

By Ruby Pratka

Members of a Ugandan LGBT youth group will have to keep waiting to attend a security training seminar in Germany, due to visa difficulties.

The four-day seminar was organized by the German activist group Helping a Minority in a Minority (HAMIAM) and was initially supposed to include 36 young Ugandans from the  Kampala-based advocacy group Youth on Rock Foundation. It was scheduled for July 4 to 7 last year in Cologne.

“In the beginning of 2014 we had the idea to create a safety seminar to help young gays and lesbians to live safely in Uganda,” explains HAMIAM spokesperson Alexander Cherif. “It was all about strategies for what people could do if they were confronted with violence or if people they knew were confronted with violence. There were self-defence strategies…

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