Threats, accusations and assault: the dangers of running an LGBTQ+ health clinic in Uganda

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05/01/2024

Driving to work one morning last summer, Brian Aliganyira was forced off the road and into a ditch by motorcycle riders surrounding his car on both sides. He was left bruised, and still suffers from shoulder pain. He later received a text message saying he had been targeted because of his work, running a health clinic for the LGBTQ+ community in Kampala, Uganda. The message said his assailants wanted to “protect children”. “The narrative has been created in Uganda that once you operate as an organisation [like ours], or an activist, you’re recruiting children into homosexuality,” Aliganyira says.

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