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Human rights activist‘s home attacked, warns people ahead of festive season

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Human rights activist‘s home attacked, warns people ahead of festive season

Alex Semambo whose home was attacked

Alex Semambo whose home was attacked

This year on December 5, a case of attempted theft was registered at Mpala Police Station, Entebbe under reference number SD/13/05/12/16 by Mwenyango F. as the complainant.

Mwenyango says she was attacked by unknown people in a tinted car at night after rumours that Alex Semambo, the owner of the attacked home is back from abroad.

Semambo is a Ugandan human rights activist and filmmaker.  According to sources he was invited as a special guest at one of the world’s biggest gay film festival in Rochester New York  to discuss his experience as a film maker as well as a human rights activist. He is also the director of a non-profit organisation Open Youth Society Travel Festival based in Kampala.

“As a filmmaker, I hope to bring worldwide attention to pressing issues in Africa including the abuse and violence towards women and inequality,” he says.

Semambo has directed and produced a number of films including Omununuzzi (The Girl Power), Bamulanzeki (The Hidden Blood), a documentary titled “Born Gay”, that advocates for public acceptance and legal protection of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transsexual, Queer, Intersex, Asexual community in Uganda.

He has also produced a number of short, educational films for television networks.

“After producing the “Born Gay” documentary, I started receiving threats and it is one of the reasons why I left Uganda. Actually, it is still unknown whether the recent attacks on my family are related to that film,” he adds.

For the security of his family, Semambo says he cannot provide full information regarding the reported case but hopes that Police is still doing all the investigations to ascertain the exact root cause.

 

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