by Rex Wockner
The LBTI group Freedom & Roam Uganda reported Aug. 1 that its offices were burglarized and sensitive information was stolen.
Taken were computers, printers, a server, telephones, a microwave oven and documents – including the database of the group’s members.
No members were in the building during the weekend break-in.
“The mood is very low; members are filled with trauma and worries,” the group said in a statement.
Police found fingerprints at the scene and told FARUG there is a good chance of tracking the perpetrators because a rare kind of acid was used during the break-in, apparently to damage locks.
FARUG said it wonders if the robbery was random or targeted. The group said that four days earlier, the offices of the LGBT organization Sexual Minorities Uganda also were broken into.
FARUG said it needs help “financially, technically and emotionally.”
A spokesperson said the group needs to hire a security guard, install security cameras with battery backup, replace equipment, and reinstall the Internet.
“The struggle continues,” the group said. “These kinds of things are just one way of distracting us. We shall not give in to them.”