Amina / Tunisia
“I’m Amina from Tunis, and I’m gay. I grew up with my family and I didn’t know that I was homosexual, I just knew that I had a certain feelings when I see a male. So I started having sex with males, and I liked it and I felt relieved. One day I uploaded a photo album in my email of me and my boyfriend having sex. The album was hidden and no one could see it. And then one day I went to an internet center in our neighbourhood, and I logged on facebook, at the same time my email account shutdown. So I asked the owner about the reason. He was repeating to me : 15 minutes and it will be back. Then I got it back. On the same day, a disaster occurred : the owner of the club was the one who blocked my email, and uploaded the album then published it on a facebook page of the neighbourhood. It was pictures of me and my boyfriend having sex, with my face recognizable and I was completely naked.
In the same night, I received many phone calls from my friends and from people I know asking : is it true ? is that you ? …
I fled my parent’s house and I turned my phone off for two weeks, I dropped school.
Afterwards when I re-opened my phone, the first call that I got was from my mother, she had a very sad voice while repeating : your father blind because of you.”