Gays flee Mombasa over public attacks

Published: March 6, 2014

HUNDREDS of men who have sex with men at the Coast have moved away from major towns for fear of their lives.

According to statistics by the Mtwapa Initiative for Positive Empowerment, an organisation working with MSMs in Mombasa and Kilifi counties, more than 200 of the men now avoid public health facilities.

Mipe says a number of the homosexuals default from HIV treatment for fear of victimisation following the heightened debate about homosexuality in the country.

The debate, escalated by the passing of harsh antigay law by the Uganda government, is reported to have subjected MSMs at the Coast to psychological torture, public humiliation and even violent attacks by the public.

Speaking to the Star yesterday, Mipe director Evans Gichuru said they have recorded more than 20 cases where MSMs have been abused in public, forced to alight from public service vehicles and stopped from buying commodities from shops especially in Mtwapa and Mombasa. 

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