It was on 5th-December-2014 that we finally had to admit that our sister, friend, and a human rights activist had to leave us. She passed away at Erasmus Medical Centre in Rotterdam were doctors had to give up and now she rests with God.
“Certain people are so accomplished and live in such a very intensive way that their life task is completed at still a very young age, I believe this is the case for Iza” Says Mirjam Ekelboom, a friend.
We are deeply saddened by the loss of our committed, trustworthy, devoted member. It is going to be a very tasking challenge for us to replace such a person in our community.
Isabella was among the first people in our community to believe in our cause and embraced the role that was assigned to her by the community members as a treasurer. She has been so paramount in many activities with regard to fighting for human rights such as presenting petitions to the Dutch Twede Kamer( The Dutch Parliament), she was part of the group that protested against the Anti homosexuality law that was passed early this year at the Homomonument in Amsterdam. A lot can be remembered about her from many of those that knew her.
In her words she said thus;
“Social transformations and community development can only occur in a society that is just, free from all forms of oppression, and is culturally dynamic. This is what Uganda Gay on Move advocates for. The struggle is hard and the journey is so rough, but we dream of a world where everyone will be equal and has a voice. Not only here in Europe but also back at home in Africa, like Uganda, where many LGBTI’s are being oppressed”
There will be a vigil and a prayer service in Rotterdam at 16.00 hour tomorrow 6/12/2014.
The venue will be RAUWENHOFFSTRAAT 41 ,3022 RL Rotterdam.
From Rotterdam Central Station take tram 23/22 or 24 direction to Marconi plein. Then get off at the stop Mathenesserplein. And on Sunday 7/12/2014, there will be another prayer service in Amsterdam and fundraising for her evacuation back to Uganda as per request of her family.
For more information about the location please contact 0686240177 or 0686160638.
Efforts are currently made to raise money to be able to repatriate Isabellas’ body to Uganda to rest in the ancestral grounds.
UGOM community thanks Isabella for her life and all that we learned and experienced with her. She has been a great, lovely, trusted, determined and courageous person and for those same reason she will always be an icon in our community. Many will try to emulate from her. May heaven rejoice to receive you, we will never forget you Isabella and our love for you will always stay.
In the loving memory of Isabella Atwine (Iza Twyn)