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Six LGBT persons have been stoned to death in rural Uganda

In this Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014 photo, a Ugandan man is seen during the third annual LGBT Pride celebrations in Entebbe, Uganda. (Photos: AP)
In this Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014 photo, a Ugandan man is seen during the third annual LGBT Pride celebrations in Entebbe, Uganda. (Photos: AP)



KAMPALA, UGANDA

Six LGBT persons have been stoned to death in rural Uganda, it has been revealed.

The six, three gay men, two lesbians and a transperson, were reportedly stoned to death according to a press statement released this week by two organisations.

“They were killed by stoning. One who survived (still breathing after stoning) was burnt alive using kerosene/paraffin and a match box,” stated a witness and source to the Friends New Underground Railroad (FNUR), a Quaker solidarity initiative helping LGBT people in Uganda.

A seventh gay man was reported to have been attacked by a mob and died a day later from head injuries.

It is further reported the killings come when Uganda repealed the Anti Homosexuality Act (AHA) that was ruled null by a three judge Constitutional bench.

In addition, ''the climate worsened after 200 Ugandan LGBT activists and allies celebrated the repeal of AHA at the 3rd annual Uganda Pride at an Entebbe beach party last week'', contend local sources.

Several participants said they had received threats and gone back into hiding. Some requested help to leave Uganda.

Over the past 24 hours, 65 LGBT individuals – including a railroad ‘conductor’, his wife and three children -- were evacuated to safety across the border, according to FNUR’s Gabi Clayton, co-manager of the Railroad project.

Since the Railroad’s debut in April, a total of 448 Ugandan LGBT individuals who sought help to leave Uganda were successfully helped with funding from Quaker groups, The Safe Passage Fund, churches, nonprofits and individual donors, the press release further said.

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Press Release: Six LGBT Murders by Stoning Reported in Rural Uganda
Press Release: Six LGBT Murders by Stoning Reported in Rural Uganda
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Xolo Tundi is our regional contributor. Based in South Africa, Tundi is a trans-identifying writer focusing on bringing regional news to ‘Denis Nzioka’ and on building networks around Africa and the region.

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2 thoughts on “Six LGBT persons have been stoned to death in rural Uganda

  1. Nick says:

    This is sick. The absolute worst of humanity. It was actions like this that started the Holocaust.

    • David says:

      I’m pretty sure religion drives action like these? Why else would it have been done? It even specifically states in the bible that a gay man must be stoned. Religion brings out the worst in humanity.

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