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“Now I am Free”: A Gay Ugandan Builds Community in the U.S.



“My first impression [of Philadelphia] was, now I am free. No one is going to start pointing fingers at me, saying ‘perhaps he’s gay,” Robert said.

HIAS PA provided for Robert’s immediate physical needs — warm clothes, a furnished apartment, and food. But equally importantly, he was connected to a volunteer who mentored him and asked him what he wanted to do now that he was resettled in the U.S. “I want to take care of people,” he told her.

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