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This gay teen’s earlobe was cut off by his family to ‘mark’ him

Jul 18, 2019

By Joe Morgan

A gay teen says his family cut off his earlobe to ‘mark’ him as an abomination.

Modou, a 19-year-old from The Gambia, is seeking asylum in the Netherlands on the basis of his sexual orientation.

Homosexuality is punished with life imprisonment in The Gambia. Former President Yahya Jammeh threatened to ‘cut the heads’ off any LGBTI person.

‘I was so afraid to tell my family about my sexuality,’ Modou said to Gay Star News.

At 15, he was discovered in bed with another boy. The boy, afraid for his life, told his family Modou attacked him to save face.

‘I couldn’t lie,’ Modou adds. ‘I thought, maybe, my family will accept me because I am their family.  This is who I am.

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