This week read about homophobic locals attacking activists in Africa, and LGBT people fearing the Taliban in Afghanistan.
Violence In Congo Drives Out Activists
Homophobic locals of Kamituga, on the Democratic Republic of the Congo's eastern border, assaulted, intimidated, and drove out six LGBT activists.
According to Erasing 76 Crimes, the victims were able to flee and seek sanctuary with one of their own in Kamituga, but they were unable to stay owing to continuing threats.
“The victims were forced to rent a house where they live together, because having been driven out by their respective families due to their sexual orientation. Now we learn they are in Lugushwa,” a local source said on condition of anonymity.
The Mayor of Kamituga town, Alexandre Bundya M’pila, said he had not heard about this incident.
Rainbow Sunrise Mapambazuko (RSM), a local group of LGBT activists in South Kivu, denounces the persecution of its members and requests that they are relocated to Bukavu to ensure their safety.
LGBT Afghans Fear the Taliban
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The Taliban has allegedly asked people to give them the names of known homosexuals, putting LGBT Afghans in a condition of dread. The Taliban reclaimed control of Afghanistan earlier this month, claiming that the nation will be governed according to a strict interpretation of Sharia Law.
According to Sky News, many LGBT community members are said to be hiding or seeking to escape the country as the Taliban hunt for them.
Nemat Sadat, a gay Afghan-American author, journalist and activist based in San Diego tweeted that LGBT Afghans would be living in more fear now than ever.
“It's not hyperbole to say that the Taliban will do what Nazis did to homosexuals: weed them out and exterminate them from Afghan society. Please help,” he tweeted.