As a common norm in Sierra Leone, people condemn the practices of gay, because of this; guys that are into gay practices try to do it in secret for years now. Unfortunately for some groups of gay guys who are in this practice for years and still on the practice fall in the hands of religious communities where they usually do their gay parties in an unexposed location each year. Ibrahim Jalloh was one of the gay boys who faced serious violence against the people of one of those communities because of their religious belief about their action; he was seriously beaten and stripped off of all what was on him. According to report reaching Awoko Newspaper, he was stripped off of his clothes and poured petrol on him to burn him up, according to reports, during the struggle, Ibrahim Jalloh escaped and he is currently nowhere to be found. After tracing the background of Ibrahim Jalloh and his family, we found out that his mother died during the Mudslide that occurred in Regent, in the Western Area Rural Peninsular in August, 2017. Ibrahim Jallon has only a brother. As a citizen of Sierra Leone, Ibrahim Jalloh’s human rights must be protected as provided for in Sierra Leone’s 1991 Constitution (Act No 6) but sad to say, our cultural practices reject gay community in Sierra Leone. Since 28th July 2017, the police as well as the Regent-IMATT community are still searching for Ibrahim Jalloh and two of his friends Foday Bangura and Ismeal Conteh whom we found out are gay as well to punish them for participating in an underground illegal gay party at IMATT. Some leaders in his community had openly declared Ibrahim Jalloh wanted death or alive. This does not sound well for Ibrahim Jalloh and his gay friends as their fundamental human rights are not protected. Awoko Newspaper is still following reports regarding this human-interest story.
By Josephin Lee-Kabia