Cameroon mob kills gay man; police arrest his friends

By Denis LeBlanc. Edited by Colin Stewart.
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Douala au Cameroun (Photo Njeimosestimah, au Wikipedia Commons)
Douala (Photo by Njeimosestimah via Wikipedia Commons)

A 42-year-old gay Cameroonian man, Augustin Siewe, has died from injuries suffered at the hands of a mob armed with clubs and machetes.

Two of his companions, Francis Ngamemo Tientcheu, 40, and Clovis Djeukam, 34, survived the Feb. 6 attack in the coast city of Douala, but then were placed under arrest.

Police rescued the men from the mob and transferred Siewe to a local hospital, where he died. Ngamemo and Djeukam were taken into police custody after their injuries were treated.  Police then launched an investigation of them as presumed homosexuals.

Under Cameroonian law, homosexual activity is punishable by up to five years in prison.

Although the law as written only applies to people who are  caught in the act of same-sex relations, in practice it is often used to penalize people for being homosexual, even without evidence of any sexual activity.

No charges against members of the mob have been reported.

Ngamemo and Djeukam apparently remain in police custody almost three months after they were attacked.

 

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Written by Colin Stewart

Colin Stewart is a 45-year journalism veteran living in Southern California. He is the president of the St. Paul’s Foundation for International Reconciliation, which supports LGBTQ+ rights advocacy journalism, Erasing 76 Crimes. Contact him at [email protected]

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