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UK deporting abused Ugandan lesbian

Wed 11 Dec 2013 In: International News

File Photo The UK is trying to send a lesbian asylum seeker back to Uganda, a nation she fled after being sexually abused by a relative and persecuted. The woman named only as “Prossie N” resisted deportation guards so strongly last time she was to be sent back to Uganda, the Ethiopian Airlines pilot of the flight she was put on refused to take her. The UK Border Agency is now trying to deport her again on a Kenya Airways flight, leaving the country on 12 December. Gay Asylum UK says the 20-year-old and was a victim of sexual abuse and rape by her uncle from the age of eight, after her parents died when she was young. “She was taken out of school at 13 and after her sexuality was exposed when she was 15 she was moving about and living on the streets for much of the time,” it says. A married woman she had a secret relationship with helped her get a passport and agent to get to the UK in 2010. She was arrested in a raid by UK Border Agency in July and has since been held in Yarl’s Wood, among others who are being deported. “Prossie faces certain persecution and the likelihood of imprisonment and torture if she is returned to Uganda. There is no family she can turn to for support or protection,” Gay Asylum UK says. “She has made a home in Britain and has a circle of friends - gay and straight - in London's Ugandan community; they are coming forward as witnesses for Prossie, but she is a victim of an unjust, inhuman and racist system that treats all asylum seekers as criminals until they can prove that they are not lying,” it continues. “Prossie’s deportation must be cancelled, she must be released from Yarl’s Wood and granted asylum.” The group is urging people to rally Kenya Airways not to take her on the deportation flight and demanding the Home Office stops her deportation. You can find more on how to get involved here     

Credit: Daily News staff

First published: Wednesday, 11th December 2013 - 9:10am

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