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A Lesbian Woman, Who Fled Uganda for the US After a Homophobic Attack, Is Now Facing Deportation

The Trump administration does not believe she faces a threat in Uganda, despite the country recently threatening to re-introduce its "Kill the Gays" bill.

A lesbian woman who fled Uganda in the face of homophobic violence, now faces being deported from the US by the Trump administration.

According to a recent report published in Rolling Stone magazine, a Ugandan woman by the name of Margaret sought asylum in the US after being beaten and raped at a festival in Uganda known as a gathering place for the country's LGBTQ community. Following the attack, she entered the country through the US-Mexico border—a dangerous, yet increasingly common route for migrants coming from the continent.

In the Rolling Stone article, she recounts several of the hardships she faced as a lesbian woman coming of age in Uganda and as an African migrant seeking refuge in the US. "I pray that everything works out," Margaret told Rolling Stone. "Because it has been so tough. Ever since I was 13, I just wanted to be free, instead of hiding who I am. I just want to be free, that's all. And happy."


According to the Trump administration, Uganda's well-documented persecution of LGBTQ individuals is not reason enough to grant Margaret asylum. Instead, she faces being sent back. With the decision, the administration has chosen to ignore the Ugandan government's harmful track record with the LGBTQ community and has determined that they don't face a significant enough threat in their home country to warrant refuge in the US.

The move reflects the Trump's administration's staunch devotion to upholding its xenophobic, anti-immigrant agenda. The administration has also been lax around supporting LGBTQ rights.

Earlier this month, it was reported that Uganda was planning to re-introduce its highly denounced "Kill the Gays" bill which would make homosexuality punishable by death after the country's Ethics and Integrity Minister Simon Lokodo made the announcement. The government later denied the news, stating that it would not revive the bill, though the country still remains a hostile one for members of the LGBTQ community through its colonial-era penal code which makes homosexuality punishable by life imprisonment.

According to Reuters, four people have been killed in homophobic attacks in Uganda this year, including a transgender woman and three gay men, one of whom was killed earlier this month.

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Ugandan Musician, Ziggy Wine, Dies From Injuries After Being Abducted and Tortured

The artist, who was kidnapped in July, was a close friend of Ugandan opposition leader Bobi Wine and a supporter of the resistance movement, People Power.

Ugandan musician Allinda Michael, better known as Ziggy Wine—a close affiliate of opposition leader and musician Bobi Wine—has died after being abducted and tortured, BBC Africa reports.

The artist, who was signed to Bobi Wine's Firebase Crew music label and was a firm supporter of the People Power movement, was kidnapped on July 21 while he was on his way to a recording session in Kampala. He was found a week later with several injuries, including a missing eye and two fingers. He died at Mulago Hospital in Kampala on Sunday night.

Police say they have launched an investigation into his death. Given his association with People Power, both Bobi Wine and the late artist's family allege that the abduction may have been politically motivated, reports BBC Africa. Bobi Wine recently announced that he will run for office in 2021, challenging President Yoweri Museveni's 33-year rule.

READ: Bobi Wine is Officially Running for the Ugandan Presidency in 2021

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Sabina Ddumba & Mr Eazi Team Up for the 90s MTV-Inspired Video for 'Blow My Mind'

"I am African—the musical influences from the continent, and more closely Uganda, is in my blood," says Ddumba about the catchy Mr Eazi-assisted song.

Sabina Ddumba and Mr Eazi deliver an infectious new pop tune with their latest collaboration, "Blow My Mind."

After debuting the track last week, the duo have shared the vibrant music video for the track, which was co-written by the Grammy-award winning British-Nigerian pop star MNEKK. On the song, Ddumba an Eazi share lyrics about a lover that has blown them away over vibrant, upbeat percussion, making for a catchy tune that's hard not to sing along to.

The colorful music video, which sees Ddumba performing with a group of dancers before various sleek backdrops, was inspired by 90s MTV and shows a young girl excitedly watching Ddumba on TV, the same way she watched her favorite artists growing up, as the singer explains in Billboard. Later, Mr Eazi joins in via a fuzzy, old-school television set to deliver the song's final verse.

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Veteran Somali Musician Ahmed Ismail Hussein Has Died

Considered one of the founding fathers of contemporary Somali music and affectionately known as 'Hudeydi', the musician has passed away from the coronavirus at age 92.

Veteran Somali musician Ahmed Ismail Hussein has passed away at the age of 92 according to reports by the BBC.

Considered one of the founding fathers of contemporary Somali music, the musician passed away in London, England, after having tested positive for the coronavirus.

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Rejoice! WhatsApp Places New Restrictions on Chain Messages to Fight Fake News

To combat the spread of misinformation due to the coronavirus outbreak, users are now restricted from sharing frequently forwarded messages to more than one person.

The rise of the novel coronavirus has seen an increase in the spread of fake news across social media sites and platforms, particularly WhatsApp—a platform known as a hotbed for the forwarding of illegitimate chain messages and conspiracy theories (if you have African parents, you're probably familiar). Now the Facebook-owned app is setting in place new measures to try and curb the spread of fake news on its platform.

The app is putting new restrictions on message forwarding which will limit the number of times a frequently forwarded message can be shared. Messages that have been sent through a chain of more than five people can only subsequently be forwarded to one person. "We know many users forward helpful information, as well as funny videos, memes, and reflections or prayers they find meaningful," announced the app in a blog post on Tuesday. "In recent weeks, people have also used WhatsApp to organize public moments of support for frontline health workers."

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