On April 17, 2014This Is Local London reported: Flora Seggane has now been released from Europe’s largest immigration detention centre and re-united with her partner from Walthamstow
A lesbian previously facing fast-track deportation to a homophobic country has been granted asylum by the Home Office.
Flora Seggane of Francis Road, Leyton fled Uganda and moved to the UK in 2002 on a two year working visa after being disowned by her family and ‘outed’ by the community because of her sexuality.
The 55 year-old has now been released from Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre (IRC) following an interview to determine her application to seek asylum, with the Home Office on Tuesday.
Ms Seggane is “very pleased” she has been granted leave to remain in the UK with refugee status until April 2019 and can now be re-united with her partner Lulu Mgonja from Walthamstow.
“I’m just so happy and excited to see her,” said Ms Mgonja.
MP for Leyton and Wanstead John Cryer was informed about Flora’s plight by LGBT campaign group Rainbows Across Borders and has welcomed the recent decision.
“I am pleased that Flora has been granted Asylum. I know this must have been a terrible ordeal for her and her close family and friends.
“I am relieved that the Home Office have seen sense and made the decision on merits of the case to grant Flora asylum,” said Mr Cryer.
Lesbian facing deportation to anti-gay Uganda
After her visa expired in 2004, Ms Seggane did not seek asylum as she was too afraid to seek help from Africans in the UK, and did not realise her sexuality could be grounds for her to be granted leave to remain in London.