On Aug 18, 2017 CBC News reported: Protesters demanding LGBT rights and protections in their home country of Ghana say insults and threats will not stop them from continuing their activism in Winnipeg.
“We are fighting for our rights. No one can ever stop us. We will continue doing what we are doing,” said Sulemana Abdulai. “They cannot scare me.”
Abdulai, a refugee claimant from Ghana, walked into Manitoba from the U.S. earlier this year to avoid being turned back by border guards at the official port of entry. He has been protesting the criminalization of same-sex relationships and treatment of LGBT people in his birth country during the multicultural Folklorama festival in Winnipeg.
Wearing pink shirts that say “Ghana pavilion” on the front and “LGBTQ equal rights now” on the back, Abdulai and others have created an unofficial Ghanaian pavilion with the sole purpose of raising awareness of the persecution of people for their sexuality in the West African nation.
They are also collecting signatures for a petition addressed to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau demanding Canada take a larger role in advocating for LGBT people in Ghana. More than 5,000 people have signed already.
“In Ghana you are not safe,” Abdulai said. “They don’t accept the LGBTQ at all. They are treating them like animals.”