Compiled by Richard Ammon GlobalGayz.com February 2012 Introduction Ever since independence from England in 1961 (since 1808) the Sierra Leone government and society have preferred to deny the existence of lesbians and gay men. But since the turn of the 21st century African homosexuality has become a flashpoint of conflict between old biblical/koranic colonial ideas
The Sierra Leone Civil War began in 1991 and was resolved in 2000 after the United Nations led by Nigeria defeated the rebel forces and restored the civilian government elected in 1998 to Freetown. Since then, almost 72,500 former combatants have been disarmed and the country has reestablished a functioning democracy. The country is the lowest ranked country on the Human Development Index and seventh lowest on the Human Poverty Index, suffering from endemic corruption and suppression of the press. Homosexuality is illegal and homophobia is high. These were motivations in the brutal murder of Fanny Ann Eddy, in 2004, founder of the Sierra Leone Lesbian and Gay Association and a lesbian rights activist known across Africa.
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