Prison Break

Sexuality isn’t discussed that much in Tanzania in public or in private – despite the ubiquity of HIV and AIDS messages. Even less discussed is homosexuality (do people still use that word?).  Some time back, Elsie at Mikocheni Report reminded us that attitudes to homosexuality in Tanzania are more numerous and varied than is always portrayed.

So it was interesting to read this BBC report on gay sex in Zambia’s prisons (listen to the related podcast too). Which reminded me of an older report and broadcast from 2005 on prisons  in Kenya and Zanzibar, also from the BBC..

It’s always fascinating to get a peek behind bolted doors and barred windows. But couldn’t the BBC have told a more everyday story, and not place the voice of men who have sex with men solely in a framework of confinement, coercion and disease?

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