Please help: We have only 20% of what we need to free 7 LGBT prisoners

Donors have contributed 20 percent of what’s needed to set free seven LGBT victims of Cameroonian homophobia and provide them with needed food, medicines and hygiene items.

Perhaps you would be willing and able to help us reach the goal for the work, called Project Not Alone 2022: a total of $4,500.

U.S. tax-deductible donations may be made via the St. Paul’s Foundation for International Reconciliation:

The arrest of Cam and Don, who have been detained since March without trial or any legal representation. (Illustration by Otávio Zani)

So far, readers have donated $921.92. That’s enough to pay for urgently needed medications for Amir ($164 for wounds inflicted by police that became infected in prison); Martin ($151 for treatment of skin diseases); and Octavia ($182 for treatment of herpes).

The $921.92 is also enough to cover the court-imposed fine for one of the four prisoners (Elmer, Amir, Dick and Martin) who are eligible for release on July 10 if their fines are paid.  The fine for each is $419. The early release of the remaining three depends on whether more donations are received.

Also dependent on further donations:

  • Deliveries of food and hygiene items, which are needed in the filthy, overcrowded prison that serves only one meal a day;
  • Payment of the fine for Octavia, which would allow her early release on July 29;
  • Expenses of pro-bono legal defense for Cam and Don, who have been detained without trial since their arrest on March.

For more information about Project Not Alone 2022, see the article “Help us free 7 imprisoned LGBT victims of homophobia”.

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, and editor / publisher of Erasing 76 Crimes. Contact him at [email protected]

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