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As Tanzania's LGBT fear for their lives

But before she knew it, she was dodging abuse and stones thrown at her by strangers, as well as familiar faces.

"Since the announcement was made, things got worse," said the 23 year old trans woman from cheap canada goose Tanzania, who asked to remain anonymous out of fear for her safety.

She was called derogatory names for being trans and one night was slapped by two men who had been following her, but canada goose outlet uk she managed to run home fast enough to prevent further abuse, she says.

"The feeling is unexplainable," she said. She began questioning the world, her life and who she Canada Goose Online was. "You start thinking, 'what species am I? Where do I belong?' "

The announcement that she says changed her life was made canada goose uk shop by powerful politician Paul Makonda, regional governor of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania's largest city. At the end of October, he vowed to set up a task force to round up and arrest people suspected of being canada goose outlet sale gay.

She first identified as a trans woman in 2016, having previously considered herself to be a gay man. "It took courage," she said. "Tanzania is a very religious country."

Although she was "very intelligent" about canada goose outlet new york city coming out and about going only to known LGBT friendly settings, she now feels that things have taken several steps back.

Four weeks ago, she fled her home in Dar es Salaam official canada goose outlet to go to Kenya's capital, Nairobi, with the help of Kenya based nongovernmental organization Jinsiangu, which is supported canada goose outlet online uk by the canada goose outlet store cheap canada goose uk International AIDS Alliance and its Rapid Response Fund.

"It canada goose outlet store uk was so bad, I had go," she said. The organization gave her transportation and money to relocate and start a new life in Nairobi.

'If you know any gays, report them to me'

Makonda's call for all gay people to be reported to him initiated a chain reaction in the country, forcing many into hiding.

Stating that his phone number is widely known, "I am announcing this to every citizen of Dar es Salaam: If you know any gays, report them to me," Makonda said at a news conference October 29.

People already faced a 30 year jail sentence in Tanzania for gay male sex, a holdover from colonial era laws, mirroring severe penalties for same sex relationships across many African countries. As a result of that law, the LGBT community experienced regular discrimination and marginalization.

Under the administration of President John Magufuli, rights groups believe, the canada goose outlet toronto factory situation has gotten worse, with the closure of LGBT friendly clinics and prohibition of community organizations that do HIV outreach all because of their work on LGBT health goose outlet canada and rights.

But the prospect of a civilian https://www.mild-und-leise.de task force scouring the streets and giving civilians the power to report people brought a new level of terror.

After intense international pressure, the Tanzanian government tried to distance itself from the controversial governor's plans, stating almost a week after the announcement that Makonda's "views are not the view of the government."

But the repercussions had begun.

Since the announcement, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance says, it has helped 30 people in Dar es Salaam through the Rapid Response Fund, which provides money to people in dire need within 72 hours. In Tanzania, the grants have provided basics like transport, medical help and shelter.

Many of the people supported this month reported suffering serious injuries as a result of violent attacks, the alliance said.

Those unable to flee are instead pushed underground and into hiding, kept from entering the outside world which blocks their access to health services, such as those protecting against HIV/AIDS.

'HIV is so much higher in those populations'

Being forced to be "invisible" due to "public antagonism" exposes people to sexual violence and abuse for which they are also not taken seriously by the police, said Christine Stegling, executive director of the International HIV/AIDS Alliance.

"All those things add to the reasons why HIV is so much higher in those populations," she said, explaining that the organization's response grants help get people out of situations where they might more easily become infected.

According to 2014 UNAIDS data, 17.6% of men who have sex with men in Tanzania are living canada goose factory outlet with HIV a rate more buy canada goose jacket cheap than four times higher than the 4.5% in the nation's general adult population.

Globally, according to UNAIDS, new HIV infections among gay men and other men who have sex with men are rising.

The region canada goose clearance where "HIV rates are highest among men who have sex with men is sub Saharan Africa, the second highest is the Caribbean, and these are both regions with high social intolerance for same sex behavior," Chris Beyrer, the Desmond Tutu Professor of Public Health canada goose outlet nyc and Human Rights at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, previously told CNN.

"It's impossible to say there is direct causality, but there certainly is a very strong correlation."

Being forced into cheap canada goose hiding also means Canada Goose Parka people do not want to engage in any way with health services and will not test for infections canada goose store or go to collect HIV canada goose treatment. People will avoid anything that will link them to being LGBT and subject to identification, Stegling said.

"You have a whole part of the community not engaging in conversations about sex, sexuality and conversations around HIV," she said. "In the last couple of years, there's a really heightened hijacking of rhetoric against gay people as part of local politics, making life very hard for communities. and to have HIV programs.".

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