A Ugandan lesbian is likely to be returned to Uganda from Yarl’s Wood immigration centre – despite having been attacked with an iron in her home country.
Tibikawa’s flight from Uganda was prompted by a violent and terrifying attack. Three men took her to a disused building and branded her inner thighs with an iron, leaving left her bedridden for two months.
She told The Guardian: “I can’t sleep and I’m having terrible nightmares about what will happen to me if I’m sent back to Uganda. My family have disowned me because I’m a lesbian and I’m convinced I’d be killed if I’m sent home. I was ‘outed’ in a Ugandan magazine called Red Pepper in February of this year saying that I’m wanted for being a lesbian.”