Yes, hateful words fuel hate crimes!
His face downcast, Eric Wasike stands outside his burned-out home. (Photo by Joseph Odero)
By Joseph Odero
In the wake of several preachers’ anti-homosexuality sermons earlier this year in west Kenya, four men attacked a gay street vendor, raped him, and set his home on fire.
Eric Wasike, 28, an openly gay hawker of vests, socks, sweets and soft drinks, was abducted by the four unidentified men in Bungoma town in west Kenya at around 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 14, he said.
After the rape, which included Wasike being violated with a carrot and with a knife inserted through his anus, he was hospitalized for two weeks and needed corrective surgery at Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Teaching and Referral Hospital in Kisumu.
The charred doorway into the sitting room of Eric Wasike’s home. (Photo by Joseph Odero)
The men set Wasike’s house ablaze, destroying it and his furniture. They tied him…
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