It is three years and six months since I came to Britain from Uganda to ask for asylum because of my sexuality.To Britain?
What, there were no nearer countries available?
… it was very sad for me to hear that a lesbian from Uganda, Brenda Namigadde, was at Yarl's Wood awaiting deportation, on the grounds that the Home Office did not believe she was gay.And as you helpfully leave out of your little paean, with pretty good reason for that decision...
Naively, when I reached England I sighed in relief, thinking it was the end of my suffering and that I was going to be protected straight away – it never occurred to me that I was about to embark on the longest and toughest fight of my life. The asylum system is ruthless and can be very brutal.*sigh*
Of course it is. We have to ensure that the people who get given asylum are really in need of it.
So when Brenda failed on basic things like the names of her lovers and the clubs she supposedly went to (after not even claiming asylum on those grounds in the first place!) it’s no wonder the judge was suspicious.
So when I heard about Brenda Namigadde at Yarl's Wood, my heart went out to her. The simple fact that her name appears in newspapers alongside the word "gay" is enough to put her in danger.Told you this would be the secondary line of attack, didn’t I?
It would be a bittersweet twist to Namigadde's story if Kato's death has at least some impact on Home Office decisions in this area, forcing them to acknowledge the reality of what awaits her if she is taken back.Lie that you are gay to gain asylum, then gain asylum because your lies have put you in danger. Brilliant!
Even the ‘Guardian’ is well aware of how this one is going to be received by the commentariat:
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