The roar of the Nile’s rapids is indeed loud and thunderous. But as I listen to the water crashing just meters away while lying in a claw-foot bathtub, part of me feels that I could easily drift off to sleep. The other part wants to stay awake to soak up the pure paradise that surrounds. “I love the noise in the same way that I revel in a good storm,” says Cam McLeay, owner of this little slice of heaven in the middle of nowhere: Uganda’s award-winning Wildwaters Lodge.
“When the government know they have done something very bad and everyone is talking about it, they use LGBT people as a strategy to defend themselves.”“It is like seasons – sometimes it rains, sometimes it doesn’t,” explains 23-year-old Clara, a transgender activist in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania’s largest city. “In this season the rain is high. The current situation is very bad,” she tells SBS. Recently, the government crackdown on the LGBTI community in the east African country has worsened.
A civil society lawsuit seeking to compel the Ugandan government to teach sexual education in schools goes before a Kampala Court this Wednesday. Advocates hope the case, which follows a crackdown on reproductive education, could reopen a vital space for discussion and help clarify schools’ and NGOs’ understandings of what is and isn’t allowed.