The aim of starting this group is to create a space and medium for somalian gay and lesbians to access information, share experiences and develop support networks.When we found one another through various means such as meeting in clubs, the internet and through friends, we quickly become a tight-nit family who look after each other.Khat goes by various traditional names, such as kat, qat, qaad, ghat, chat, Abyssinian Tea, Somali Tea, Miraa, Arabian Tea, and Kafta in its endemic regions of the Horn of Africa and the Arabian Peninsula.Khat is a slow-growing shrub or tree that typically attains a height of 1–5 m (3 ft 3 in–16 ft 5 in).Among communities from the areas where the plant is native, khat chewing has a history as a social custom dating back thousands of years analogous to the use of coca leaves in South America and betel nut in Asia.It is a controlled substance in some countries, such as Canada, Germany, the United Kingdom, and the United States, while its production, sale, and consumption are legal in other nations, including Djibouti, Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, Somalia and Yemen.The hate comments are in Somali and in English and are mainly on One individual calls for them to be ‘hunted down in the street and stoned like dogs’ while another said, ‘Allah will punish them’, another, ‘It’s a western illness’, and yet another, ‘motherfocker if i ever see you on the street, am gonna chop you to pieces then feed ur crap to dogs’, this last one from a Muslim woman. Then there is that old nemisis in African countries that seems to keep rearing it’s head throughout all this. North Somalis blames the south Somalis saying that is the part of the country where all the gay and lesbian people come from.One Somali woman even mentioned that there was less than 100 gay people in all of Somalia. Despite the homophobia displayed on the Somali forums and hate speech, the site is excellent news for both the Somali community and the wider Black LGBT community in London and the UK.
It was written by Neil Carrier, Lecturer in African Anthropology at the University of Oxford.the khat plant has over the years found its way to Southern Africa as well as tropical areas, where it grows on rocky outcrops and in woodlands.The shrub is today scattered in the Kwa Zulu-Natal, Eastern Cape, Western Cape and Mpumalanga provinces of South Africa, in addition to Swaziland and Mozambique.In recent years, however, improved roads, off-road motor vehicles, and air transportation have increased the global distribution of this perishable commodity, and as a result, the plant has been reported in England, Wales, Rome, Amsterdam, Canada, Israel, Australia, New Zealand, Water consumption is so high, groundwater levels in the Sanaa basin are diminishing, so government officials have proposed relocating large portions of the population of Sana'a to the coast of the Red Sea.One reason for khat being cultivated in Yemen so widely is the high income it provides for farmers.