Do you not realize that it are mainly these beautiful young men who come to the West to change the system from within because they cannot longer live within existing structures and traditions? They are the warriors of the Light. The precursors of a new world where we all longing for…

Samos – activist in Uganda

Ssentamu has been in this degrading place for five months now and shines like the sun. “This day is the first day that I feel human. For the first time I am seen and known. I will never forget you…’

We play at the beach and visit an underground cave. Today he drinks a beer and is not hungry. Today he can take a shower with warm water and sleep on the couch. Today the rats and the cold are far away…

Ssentamu was born in 1993 from Rwandan parents. His father died in the Rwandan war when he was 9 months. Ssentamu grows up in the slums of Kampale-Uganda amidst drug dealers and crime…

He works in construction to pay for his university and gets involved with the opposition. The students demonstrate peacefully under the color red for freedom of expression and equal rights; so beautifully described in their constitution. Like almost everywhere in Africa, it is Uganda’s policy to keep the incumbent president in the saddle. All good jobs, all privileges are for the President’s family and his tribesmen …

Ssentamu ends up in prison three times. He is tortured several times and has to testify that his friends are being killed. He still suffers from the physical consequences. To prevent himself from being killed, he flees via Kenya to Turkey and ends up in the terrible prison of Izmir. With the help of others and without many problems, he arrives a month later in Samos…

The greatest pain are not the degrading conditions; the filth and the rats in the overcrowded camp with 5000 people, calculated on 700 and only 1 doctor and 2 lawyers, but the fact that hardly anyone is moved from here to Athens and that this usually not is an African…

We do not think about tomorrow. We intensely enjoy sharing, playing, being together and the love that flows between us without limits…

Here and now

Ssentamu is a member of our Rainbow family. We stayed one month longer in Samos, rented a house and lived together. Three months ago, they transferred him, together with our couple, to an isolated camp on the mainland, 450 kilometers from Athens to await his first interview in 2021. We supported him to move to Athens to find a job. After getting his work permit, he moved to an island to clean in hotels: seven days a week – 12 hours a day. He is too tired to phone, but never complains. Mid-September he will be in Athens. We postponed our trip to Greece until mid-September. He is, like all of them, a part of my soul…

Om Shanti,
Yasmin