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Sierra Leone’s same sex activist Ezekiel Daves flees for his life

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Sierra Leone’s same sex activist Ezekiel Daves flees for his life

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It was reported that Daves made a formal complaint to the Police that he was receiving calls and text messages of threats against his person for openly supporting gays and lesbians before he went missing.

LGBT is considered is considered a “taboo” in the country because of its tradition and religious believes.

“They are threatening my life for advocating for what I believe in,this is scary but I will not relent in letting our people understand that it is the choice of people to live how they want and their rights must be respected,” narrated Daves.

In what could be a growing same sex community,gays and lesbians are stigmatised in Sierra Leone with most of them living in fear of not being attacked or even killed in a society which sees their way of life as evil.

Religious and traditional leaders have openly condemn it with some even threatening to maltreat whoever they will find doing it. The worse for the country’s LGBT community is the reaction of their family who most times ostracised them leaving most to them to move out of the family homes.

President of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Sierra Leone Bishop Archibald Cole has been leading a campaign to condemn LGBT describing them as lost souls who communities should not encourage.

“We unequivocally and unreservedly condemn any form of same sex marriage in this country and we will do all we could to save those lost souls who believe its their own way of life,” said Bishop Cole.

This was what Daves has been fighting against,he has been granting media interviews and engaging communities condemning the pronouncement of the religious and traditional leaders which makes him become their threat and has since been facing several attacks that may even lead to his death.

Individuals and organisations that supports same sex cannot come out for fear of being attacked,gay parades,protests or demonstrations are not allowed and people are afraid to associate themselves with them.

Daves ,the only one who against all odds was coming openly to advocate for the LGBT community is no more,they will continue to live with fear with no one to speak on their behalf.

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