Tanzanian police are breaking into gay people’s houses and arresting them as part of the anti-gay campaign by the government.
After Paul Makonda, the anti-gay governor of Dar es Salaam, called on citizens to notify police of homosexuality in their communities, gay people are fleeing Tanzania and going into hiding, according to Religion News Service.
“I’m fearing for my life — they don’t want us to stay here. The gay community is very scared because police are breaking into homes of suspected homosexuals and arresting them. I don’t want to be the next person. I’m going into hiding,” Joseph Omar, 28, told Religion News as he was crossing the border into Kenya.
Homosexuality is illegal in Tanzania and punishable by up to 30 years in prison. Countries around the world including the U.S. and Denmark have condemned the crackdown, saying it’s a violation of human rights.