A visit to prisoners held on ‘suspicion of homosexuality’

I can’t beleive that this kind of things are still happening


In The Nation,  journalist Andy Kopsa reports on her trip last month to Cameroon with an American and African delegation from the St. Paul’s Foundation for International Reconciliation. Some excerpts:

Yaoundé Central Prison (Photo courtesy of Andy Kopsa) Yaoundé Central Prison (Photo from The Nation courtesy of Andy Kopsa)

20+ imprisoned for being gay

The daily tally of prisoners in Yaoundé Central Prison, on the outskirts of Yaoundé, Cameroon, is on a chalkboard the size of a Ping-Pong table affixed to the wall. Today there are 4,113. The prison administrator—we started calling him “the Governor”—tracks the inmates. This one is in the hospital, that one is being transferred, another set free. Murderers, petty thieves, carjackers and burglars are among the 4,113—and at least twenty of the prisoners housed at Yaoundé Central Prison are there just for being gay. …

How to visit the prison

To get inside the prison, we have to jump through a series of…

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