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Exile offers little respite for LGBTQ+ Ugandans who fled abuse

Exile offers little respite for LGBTQ+ Ugandans who fled abuse

A year after Uganda enacted one of the world's harshest anti-gay laws, many LGBTQ+ exiles are struggling to start over, facing a host of new hurdles alongside some of the same old threats that forced them out. From Canada to Kenya to Germany, their new homelands have not proved the sanctuary that many LGBTQ+ Ugandans hoped for. Finding work, a home, safety and acceptance have proved elusive for many who felt forced out by Kampala's tough anti-homosexuality laws. Yet even this new half-life is better than the old one. "Every queer person would love to leave Uganda," said Henry Mukiibi,…
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Burkina Faso’s ousted ex-president Compaore returns for summit

Burkina Faso’s ousted ex-president Compaore returns for summit

BURKINA FASO'S ex-president Blaise Compaore returned from exile, almost eight years after he was toppled in an uprising, to take part in a meeting with interim president Paul-Henri Damiba and other former leaders. Compaore, 71, has returned to the West African country despite being convicted in absentia in April to life in prison for complicity in his predecessor Thomas Sankara's murder. Lawyers for Sankara's family have demanded that Compaore be arrested on arrival, although Burkinabe media have speculated in recent days that he could be granted a pardon. Ivory Coast, where he took refuge in 2014, has repeatedly refused to…
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