Tanzania's LGBT community 'fearing for their lives'

A file photo of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, where the regional government has vowed to arrest people suspected of being gay.

(CNN)Members of Tanzania's LGBT community are fearing for their lives, hiding in their homes and even fleeing the country after threats from a powerful politician to round up gay Tanzanians, activists said.

The announcement from the regional governor of Tanzania's largest city, Dar es Salaam, has also led to a new travel warning by the US State Department warning US citizens to remove any material on social media that could "run afoul" of Tanzania's anti-homosexuality laws.
"I have closed my office today and we will not be operating for a while," said James Wandera Ouma, one of the few activists openly campaigning for LGBT rights in the country.