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South Africa: No Safe Haven for Gay- And Lesbian Refugees

Same-sex relationships are illegal in 35 of Africa's 54 countries - but that's not the case in South Africa. It has some of the most world's most liberal laws on sexual preference. At least that's the perception; the reality, however, is quite different.

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In South Africa's larger cities, there's little open prejudice against gays and lesbians -- but that's not the case in other parts of the country. The situation is particularly difficult for gay- and lesbian refugees who are the target of both homophobic and xenophobic discrimination.