Abdulah reacts after his hearing at the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada. He fled Uganda to Canada three days after he was imprisoned and tortured by local police because of his sexual orientation. Being gay in Uganda is a criminal offence and same-sex acts are punishable with life imprisonment.
Last December, Mr. Aziz Ssali tried claiming refugee status but was rejected. Shortly after the “negative” decision, a Ugandan tabloid newspaper published a list of the country’s homosexuals that included his name. He is currently appealing the decision and will be able to present this as additional evidence in his case. If the decision is upheld, he is unsure of where he will go or what he will do.
(Image first published June 22, 2014 in The Globe and Mail)