When the Ugandan parliament in 2013 voted its infamous antigaylag defended president Yoweri Museveni, on with antikolonial rhetoric about ”respect african societies and their values.”
But if something is a western import, it is ironically his politicised homophobia.
It was the british in the protectorate of Uganda (1894-1962) prohibited ”sodomy”, and who so often used the prekoloniala the existence of homosexuality as a delargument to civilise the country. The emergence of today's deadly homophobia? has been the subject of intensive missionary from conservative christian missionaries.
of their hatred is the subject of Annika Hamruds new documentary-style book ”the Fundamentalists”. It begins with a massacre at a popular nightclub on the other side of the congolese border. The 25-year-old organizer Najjuma plays dead and survives two balls, while her partner of eight years shot dead.
In the book she talks about the constant fear that she and other lgbt people carry on in Uganda. Even if antigaylagen were dismissed by the country's constitutional court by a technicality penalized homosexuality, still with seven years in prison.
A sad point that several of the book's persecuted do, however, is that the authorities are not even the worst. Tougher legislation had even been able to still the real danger, as are the neighbors. Those who violate the relationsnormerna risk namely to be excluded from their families, knocked to pieces by strangers, and denied care if it is clear why they attacked.
become one of the world's worst countries for lgbt people?
Annika Hamrud shows how the violence up until the radical christian churches that often receive support from the west. A sign that something has changed is that the country's pentecostals have become twice as many in 25 years.
She writes among other things about Watoto, the country's largest pentecostal church. Founder Gary Skinner took where the initiatives to the original antigaylagen, which, among other things, demanded the death penalty for ”aggravated homosexuality” and seven years in prison for ”incitement to homosexuality”. He also invited the hatpredikanten Scott Lively to Uganda – which in August last year by a whisker was acquitted from the accusations that have deprived ugandans of their human rights.”Fundamentalists” by Annika Hamrud.
gather then, the Swedish pentecostal churches into money, to the and is described positively in the Swedish christian press. ”New hope for children in Uganda,” writes the Day of their touring children's choir.
Hamrud wonder why these hatpredikanter goes under the radar in Sweden, unlike the muslim or right-wing ditto. This point Annika Hamrud on a scandal, which should have been explored more. How do the plugs look like? What does the Swedish preachers?
the Man had also wanted to understand the radical faith of attractiveness. A quick visit to a revival meeting took place gives an alienation effect, but proves, in itself, not that there is a greater irregularity than to Carola Häggkvist wailar to vintage electric piano. What is it that makes us 20-year-olds to travel to such a dangerous country to spread the gospel? How is it that the message appeals to so many ugandans? What is the importance of churches, schools and hospitals for the poor of the country, in relation to other infrastructure? But the reference list is alarmingly short, and the book gives a underresearchat impression.
Hamrud want to show the hatred the consequences for real life. Some scenes are also difficult to even get through, such as when the gay Peace are subjected to sexual torture in the military. But a narrative grip requires more of the characters, and her witnesses is so anonymized that, although it can not identify – but did not get to know them. Moreover, I had wanted to read something about gaymiljöerna in Kampala: what is the life and resistance out?
Perhaps it is difficult to write affirmation about something so bleak. Brunei's president may have withdrawn its law on stoning of gay people, after pressure, but the reactionary right's global rise is far from over. And as Annika Hamrud shows, many gays and lesbians have to pay the price with his life.