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Murder of Fanny Ann Eddy, Lesbian and Gay Activist from Sierra Leone
Senior Advisor, Africa Region, World Bank - Hbinswanger@worldbank.org
October 02, 2004
Fanny Ann Viola Eddy,
the courageous lesbian and gay activist from Sierra Leone, and founder
of the Sierra Leone Lesbian and Gay Association (SLLAGA), has been
brutally murdered last Wednesday night or Thursday morning. Assailants
entered the office of SLLAGA at night when nobody was in the entire
building, and after apparently raping and stabbing her head with
a sharp object, finally broke her neck. The lesbian and gay community
of Sierra Leone is in deep shock and totally frightened by this
Fanny Ann is survived
by a son of about ten years.
Fanny Ann worked as an
activist in both Sierra Leone and in southern Africa. I knew her
from three visits to Sierra Leone in the last two years, in which
I regularly met with the SLLAGA members, who were wresting with
how to grow their organization in a hostile environment. I met her
again at the recent All Africa Symposium on Human Rights in Johannesburg,
where she was elected to the interim steering committee of the All
Africa Rights Initiative. She was extremely courageous, a fighter,
and very hard working. She and her contribution to lesbian and gay
rights in Africa will be deeply missed by all who knew her.
I am devastated, and
express my deepest sympathy to her son and family, SLLAGA and all
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