In a country where simply being gay could cost you your life, an organization who fights for the rights of LBT and intersex women was bulgarized. The members' database was among many of the things that were stolen. Details and ways to help after the jump.
Friends of Freedom and Roam Uganda’s is a lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex women’s rights organization based in Uganda and established in 2003. Earlier today they poste a notice on their Facebook page about the crime:
Its with great sadness that I write to inform you that FARUG offices were broken into on Saturday night.5 computers,2 printers,server,microwave and some docs including the members electronic database were stolen. A jerrican of Acid ,1 computer ,all paddlocks filled with Acid and a huge metallic pipe where left in the compound.The office lines were also taken and thus we shall only be able to be contacted on our personal phones and the office mobile hotline on +256 (0) 771840233
We are however glad that no one was at office at the time of the robbery and thus no physical human damage was caused.
The case was reported to police but no help has been provided as yet,they havent yet even come to check the crime scene.
The mood is very low, trauma and worries are filled with members.
Will be sending you more details as the case evolves.
We also thank those that have helped thus far,sending words of encouragement and also those that have visited us since saturday.
We also want to inform you that the HATE NO MORE campaign will go on as planned starting with a community meeting this Monday 1st August 2pm at the offices.
We aren't holding out hope that the police will assist in the recovery of materials and in bringing the perps to justice. But we do hope that the members' info doesn't get into the wrong hands, which could ignite, another witch hunt in Uganda of LGBT people. Our thoughts are with y'all!