Posts Tagged As: Tanzania
August 7th, 2012
Identity Kenya has obtained a copy of an autopsy report on the death of Tanzanian LGBT advocate Maurice Mjomba, who was found dead in his home on Dar es Saalam last week. The autopsy gives the cause of death as “Asphyxia due to homicide.” Initial eyewitness accounts indicated that it looked like he had been strangled, after having been bound, gagged and beaten. Police are investigating, but no suspects have been identified or detained.
August 2nd, 2012
Identity Kenya’s Denis Nzioka has followed up with the brutal murder of Tanzanian LGBT advocate Maurice Mjomba, whose decomposing body was found in his home in Dar es Salaam on Monday. According to Nzioka:
The report (sent in Swahili) by the eye witnesses says that Maurice was found ‘slumped on a couch with his mouth and nose shut lid with a tape.’
Mjomba, according to eye witnesses had ‘his hands bound tight behind his back and that he appeared to have been beaten ‘savagely.”
‘Walipomaliza tuliruhusiwa kwenda mwona. Mbaya! Alikalishwa chini akiegemea kochi. Amefungwa plasta mdomo na pua. Mikono amefungwa nyuma ya mgongo’ (When we were allowed to see him, it was bad. He was seated on a couch in the house. His mouth and nose were gagged. His hands were tied behind his back
…Furthermore, the witnesses recount the horrific discovery of blood oozing from his genitals and say ‘Yaelekea sehemu za siri nikama zimejeruhiwa maana damu nyingi imetoka sehemu hizo.’ (It seems his private parts were injured as there was a lot of blood coming out of them.)
The report does not say if he was found naked. They also report that Mjomba’s body had started showing signs of decomposition.
There has been no confirmation of whether anything was stolen from Mjomba’s home. He was last seen last Friday, but friends reported that by Saturday they were unable to reach him by phone. Nzioka points out that Tanzania’s press has been silent on the murder.
Mjomba was a trained HIV/AIDS coordinator in Tanzania, and he worked as a human rights advocate at the Center for Human Rights Promotion (CHRP). His work focused on combatting discrimination against people with HIV/AIDS and in providing outreach to intravenous drug users. He also worked with regional organizations to provide sexual health awareness for LGBT populations.
Tanzania is on the coast of East Africa, and shares borders with Kenya and Uganda.
July 30th, 2012
Identity Kenya reports that Maurice Mjomba, an LGBT advocate and HIV/AIDS trainer, was found dead in his home in Dar es Salaam:
According to Julius Lumanyika Kyaruzi, the coordinator at CHRP where Mjomba was working as the Training Coordinator (HIV and injecting drug use), Mjomba was found dead at his home.
Julius told Identity Kenya that a neighbour ‘noticed a foul smell’ from Mjomba’s house and called the police.
This could mean Mjomba could have been dead for days.
His body is at Muhimbili Mortuary awaiting an autopsy to determine the cause of death.
The police investigations are also being conducted though initial reports point he may have been murdered.
Update: Kenyan LGBT adocate Denis Nzioka alerts us to this update from Tanzania’s Stay Awake Network Activities (SANA):
In a Facebook post on their Wall, SANA wrote, ‘We sadly announce that Moris Mjomba, one of our founding member, a friend and activist, was strangled by unknown person (s) the date of his death has not been confirmed yet. For more information, we will let you know.’
Colleagues describe him as a ‘hard-working’ ‘honest’ and ‘ a diligent worker.’
May 7th, 2010
There are a lot of Lutherans in Tanzania. With 5.3 million Lutherans, there are more there than in any nation other than Sweden (and Swedes take their religion a bit laxly).
And while the Lutherans in Scandinavia and, increasingly, the United States are welcoming of gay people and supporting of gay rights and relationships, the Tanzanians are not at all happy. They are so very pissed off at their fellow believers that they want nothing to do with them. Or their money.
From the Ecumenical News International
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania says it will not accept money or help from groups that allow or support the legalization of same-sex marriages.
“Those in same-sex marriages, and those who support the legitimacy of such marriage, shall not be invited to work in the ELCT,” says a statement posted to the church’s Web site on April 29. “We further reject their influence in any form, as well as their money and their support.”
It’s very sad. African remains largely hostile to gay people; so much so that at times it tears at the fabric of their shared faith.
In this original BTB Investigation, we unveil the tragic story of Kirk Murphy, a four-year-old boy who was treated for “cross-gender disturbance” in 1970 by a young grad student by the name of George Rekers. This story is a stark reminder that there are severe and damaging consequences when therapists try to ensure that boys will be boys.
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In 2005, the Southern Poverty Law Center wrote that “[Paul] Cameron’s ‘science’ echoes Nazi Germany.” What the SPLC didn”t know was Cameron doesn’t just “echo” Nazi Germany. He quoted extensively from one of the Final Solution’s architects. This puts his fascination with quarantines, mandatory tattoos, and extermination being a “plausible idea” in a whole new and deeply disturbing light.
On February 10, I attended an all-day “Love Won Out” ex-gay conference in Phoenix, put on by Focus on the Family and Exodus International. In this series of reports, I talk about what I learned there: the people who go to these conferences, the things that they hear, and what this all means for them, their families and for the rest of us.
Prologue: Why I Went To “Love Won Out”
Part 1: What’s Love Got To Do With It?
Part 2: Parents Struggle With “No Exceptions”
Part 3: A Whole New Dialect
Part 4: It Depends On How The Meaning of the Word "Change" Changes
Part 5: A Candid Explanation For "Change"
Using the same research methods employed by most anti-gay political pressure groups, we examine the statistics and the case studies that dispel many of the myths about heterosexuality. Download your copy today!
And don‘t miss our companion report, How To Write An Anti-Gay Tract In Fifteen Easy Steps.
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