Robin Hammond

Cape Town, South Africa

'B', a 32 year old gay man from Kenya. In 2008 he met David on a beach in Mombasa, 'It was love at first sight'. That same day David proposed to 'B'. They decided to meet 'B's' parents so he could 'come out' to them. It was a difficult meeting full of shouting and arguing. 'B's' parents would not accept his sexuality. 'B' and David decided to go ahead with the wedding. They planned a pre-wedding party. At 8pm as the party was getting started they heard shouting from outside: 'Kill those shoga (gays) they are doing what is not African'. 'B' looked out the window to see more than 10 people outside shouting. They were lighting Molotov cocktails. 'B', David and their friends, ran outside and jumped over the fence to the next building. They looked back to see their house on fire. The next day 'B' went to work. While there he received a phone call from his neighbour telling him David was in hospital, he'd been stabbed in the chest. David was severely injured, but survived. His family took him from Nairobi to Mombasa. 'B' had to leave his job and went into hiding. He knew he was being looked for. 'B' had heard that South Africa was a safe place to be. Fearing for his life, he organised as quickly as he could a visa, and flew to Cape Town. Life in South Africa was not easy though. 'B' faced xenophobic and homophobic abuse. His work permit expired while he was ill and the South African government has refused to renew it. He lives in poverty in a tin shack in a township in Cape Town. He says he frequently has dreams of David. While many countries around the world are legally recognising same-sex relationships, individuals in nearly 80 countries face criminal sanctions for private consensual relations with another adult of the same sex. Violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender expression is even more widespread. Across Africa Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender, Queer, Inter-sex (LGBTQI) individuals are being increasingly criminalised. More th

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Robin Hammond
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