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Wednesday, 8 October 2008

Gay West African gets refuge in USA

It’s emerged that a gay West African who was made a fugitive in his home country has been granted leave to stay in the USA.

Pape Mbaye – a 24-year-old Senegalese native – had been accused of arranging a gay wedding, and was pursued by angry mobs.

The Boston website Edge tells the story, saying it’s “one of a scant few instances in which a gay foreigner has been taken in because he would be in danger if left in his home nation”.

Mbaye earned his living in Dakar as a singer and danger, until the story appeared in February in a magazine about a purported gay wedding. And that was when his troubles began.

“I feel good,” Mbaye is quoted as saying of being in America. “There’s security, there’s independence, there’s peace.”

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