"I fled for my life" - This is Aderonke's story
"Growing up in Nigeria, I was unable to disclose my sexuality, yet unable to hide it.
The culture in Nigeria makes it clear that being gay or transgender is a sin, a sentiment that is fueled by homophobic messages from faith communities, political leaders, families, and schools.
I took these messages in, identified with them, and carried the shame of being a lesbian woman in Nigeria.
After graduating from University, I was arrested, tortured and extorted by the Nigerian Police. I was forced to endure the murder of three members of my family, who were killed because of my religion. My girlfriend of 20 years was killed because of my sexuality.
After a false allegation of adultery, I was sentenced to death by stoning by the "Sharia" Court.
It was then that I fled for my life.
Now, I am under threat of deportation in the UK, at risk of being sent back to a country that just passed an anti-gay law that would send me to prison for 14 years. I feel I will receive that sentence only if I am able to keep my life."
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Aderonke is 46 years old, an open lesbian, and human rights advocate. For years she has been a victim of homophobic torture, persecution, and brutal arrest in Nigeria and now she is seeking asylum in Britain. As a woman dedicated to standing up for others, now we must stand up for her! Aderonke fled to Britain in 2004, after being forced into an arranged marriage in Nigeria to hide her…
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