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Gay In Nigeria: The Stark Reality For LGBT People In The West African Country

Michael Ighodaro was attacked by homophobes in his home city of Abuja when he was waiting for a taxi outside his friend’s home. His attackers stormed up behind the LGBT activist, hurled abuse at him, and broke his hands and ribs. His taxi driver discovered his battered body outside the housing complex.

“I couldn’t go to the hospital to get treatment or to the police to report what had happened because I didn’t feel comfortable telling them I was beaten because I’m gay. So I had to visit the nurse in my office,” Ighodaro, who worked for an HIV/AIDs advocacy group in theNigerian city, tells The Independent. Ighodaro was forced to flee Nigera, and seek asylum in the US. 

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