Amine is a survivor of regular homophobic violence at the hands of his own family. The impact was not only physical. The rejection from those closest to him drove him to attempt suicide several times. His desire to be with the man he loved saw him leave his home in the Tunisian capital, Tunis, to join him in Libya. But the persecution did not end. While walking with his boyfriend on a beach they were stopped by the police. "I was caught by the Libyan police," he says, "they wanted to kill me. They beat me and detained me for seven days. I had to move back to Tunis, and stay away from my love...a piece of me." His boyfriend stayed behind in Libya and married a woman to conceal his sexuality. He occasionally sends Amine money.