I Told Her to Abort

Location: Tanzania So I have hooked up with this guy who has told this really sad tale. We were the only people on Grindr in the entire region. We had met before and I blew him. He wasn’t really my type to be honest, but there is a drought out here and you have to take…

I Kissed A Girl And I …

I found out that there was a student party through my housemates; they had already bought their tickets. I was not sure if I would go. We were having drinks at our place.  The group was getting bigger and I was already getting tipsier. I was like a honeybee, the freaking worker Apis Mellifera jumping from…

A Very Turkish & Moroccan Affair

I would try to deconstruct MY Turkish and Moroccan experience so far in NL. I don’t intend for this to be the template or a generalization of what Turks and Moroccans are in NL; this is simply my experience. So far. It could change or not. So when you are reading this, read it with your…

Under A Strong Iraqi Rule

It is 10pm. I can’t sleep because the boner doesn’t let me. A torso starts chatting with me on Grindr. It is a good torso but it could be fake for all I know. It is hairy but not too much. It could belong to a Turk or a Moroccan. Initially the chats are far…

A Somali Xperience

This is not going to be good. Someone sends me a pic after chatting with him. He is discreet and says he is black. He seems legit though and we swaps numbers. He claims to be a Brit in AMS for holidays, heading back after the weekend is over. We are chatting on Thursday. On Friday…

The Ashtray & Hairy Portuguese

It has decided to start snowing in Leiden. It never snows here or at least this is what I have been told. Mostly the snow decides to blend in with the rain and create something like a sludge. Not pretty. It is around midnight and I have just wrapped up a party in my house….

Gay tête-à-tête in Zanzibar

Name: Richard Ammon Suraka was a 23 year-old Tanzanian receptionist at the one of the most stylish bungalows in a beach resort in Kendwa village on the west coast of Zanzibar; a place where Freddie Mercury was born. With a ready smile and a soft masculine bearing he received us. Like many other employees he…

Courage in Difficult Times

By Richard Ammon  Published in 2011 and reviewed in 2016 As we speak in the quiet of my hotel restaurant in Tanzania, it is clear that both Allan and Jon (not their real names) are apprehensive about being overheard. “The person to your left is staring at us and I don’t feel safe,” writes Jon on…

To Be Young, Gay and African

Name: Diriye Osman Country: Somalian but lived in Kenya and now in London. The article appeared in the huffpost & Diriye Osman’s website.  When I first came out to my family, most of them stopped talking to me. My father, who I was very close to, stopped speaking to me for two years before picking up…

Making sense of Homosexuality in Tanzania

Could you please begin by explaining the legal situation regarding the rights of homosexuals? In Tanzania homosexuality is punishable under the Penal Code which states that, homosexuality is considered an unnatural act punishable under the Penal Code, Cap. 16 R.E. 2002, section 154 of which provides that any person who (1) has carnal knowledge of any…

Beating the HIV Virus

Name: Daniel Kamau Age: 23 Country: Kenya It is raining and I start sipping my coffee waiting for my subject to arrive. The day has decided to turn gray before anyone could grasp what was about to happen; the clouds have ushered a downpour, the warm sun is completely banished. Seating exactly at the window…

Clubbing Experience III – Stranded

Name: Ruta Age: 27 Country: Tanzania This is the story of the 21 year old boy that drove me crazy for weeks. I hope he was 21 like he said. He could have been less but you never know these things and I am never the type to ask for people’s IDs. From the title…