New activist group aids LGBTI prisoners in Cameroon

The 347 Bis Association's web page features six of the many victims of Cameroon's anti-gay law.
The 347 Bis Association’s web page features six of the many victims of Cameroon’s anti-gay law. (Click image to visit the web page.)

A new Paris-based activist group is working to relieve the suffering of LGBTI people imprisoned in Cameroon for their sexual orientation.
The organization — the 347 Bis Association — takes its name from the Cameroonian law that provides for fines and prison sentences of six months to five years for people convicted of same-sex intimacy.
The group’s goal is to provide moral and financial support to LGBTI inmates in prisons across the country who suffer violent treatment at the hands of homophobic guards and inmates.
Twenty 20 LGBTI women and men or more currently in prison in Cameroon for their sexual orientation, the association says. Others are awaiting trial on homosexuality charges.  Still others are struggling to rebuild their lives after being released from prison into a homophobic society.
The association began providing help last year to people whose families had abandoned them. The assistance includes access to health care, food and mattresses, etc.
The 314 Bis Association is accepting donations to support its work on behalf of Cameroonian prisoners on its website.
It will also hold a fund-raising party in Paris on June 18.

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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