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My first day in France: Joël

"In our country, being gay is not allowed… Because I wanted to save my life… I had to leave it." Joel arrived in Paris after fleeing Uganda — this is how he lived his first day in France.

‘I left Uganda because of my sexuality’

I reached Paris; I did not get the happiness I thought. The only thing that got to me was that I’m alive, I’m not dead. I remember when I came, I was stranded here with the bags. I stayed here for a long time, for hours and hours. I didn’t know what to do. What I remember, I saw the police guys taking some people, and I thought I was also going to be taken. So, I went in the corner, I sat there, I cried. I cried until I had to say, “Now, Joel, it’s over! You have to fight, or you have to think.” So, I had to think and say, now, what can I do next?

I got a phone, I called my friend back in Uganda, and I said asked him for help, if he knew anyone here. So, he gave me the contact and I called. And then I had to call a friend here and had to come and rescue me, but unfortunately, he also didn’t know. He did not have a place because he had also just come here. We got a connection and then we went to Bonne Nouvelle. That’s where I slept.

And after getting problems, issues, after my life being in danger, being recognized as a gay person, as a gay activist, and as a human rights defender. Because in our country, being gay is not allowed. I do not have a dream to leave my country because I thought that everything, I had in my country was fine for me. We are here at OFPRA, where I got my special constitutional status in France, after France recognized me as a special person. I left Uganda because of my sexuality. It was okay. But because I wanted to save my life, I wanted to have a good security and to secure my life, I had to leave it.

Brut.

11/27/2019 11:19 AM
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236 comments

  • Jay D.
    02/01/2020 03:04

    I love Uganda 😂😂😂😂

  • Christopher E.
    02/01/2020 00:25

    Better France than the US lol.

  • Missy V.
    01/31/2020 23:44

    Hi I just loved what I heard in the video you don’t have to be ashamed of yourself keep your head up and look forward in this world there are a lot of ignorancia and they don’t realize that we come to this world with a purpose that GOD is the only one that knows what he have for you in this lives God bless your I know that is really hard to be away from you family’s

  • Quetty W.
    01/31/2020 20:39

    😂😂😂 im moving there

  • Adrea R.
    01/31/2020 10:53

    Beautiful ❤️

  • Valerie L.
    01/31/2020 03:51

    He's a beautiful man...I'm glad he survived and is now able to be "him"..

  • Bsmoove W.
    01/31/2020 02:45

    There's alot of fake love. I love you brother change ways that's not you you are a king a man this was taught to you. Reproduce as the most high intended. Support growth of people don't believe the hype

  • Bsmoove W.
    01/31/2020 02:43

    Your life in danger in Europe don't be fool and don't abandon your country sell your soul. Change ways and go back to laws of our ancestors brother. Don't be fooled so easy

  • Javlin G.
    01/30/2020 13:56

    Any good jobs in Uganda?

  • Moses A.
    01/30/2020 13:47

    Sending prayers your way, keep your head up bro

  • Edith H.
    01/30/2020 12:37

    He is not hurting anyone but himself?He is hurting his Mom and the Creator

  • Will G.
    01/30/2020 09:03

    He should spend more of his time asking God how did he get sexually attracted to men

  • Kelvin V.
    01/30/2020 06:32

    So What?

  • Ursula B.
    01/30/2020 00:48

    Amen never be ashamed of who you are you seems like a genius person

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  • Ria J.
    01/29/2020 01:52

    All that chocolate..glad everything worked out for ya

  • Tony C.
    01/29/2020 01:35

    Ya haircut is fire 🔥

  • Ted M.
    01/28/2020 03:48

    AMAZING

  • Shantel S.
    01/28/2020 02:45

    His eyebrows on fleek!! Very handsome!!

  • Yolanda P.
    01/26/2020 15:39

    Blessing to you