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Gays Fleeing Senegal to Escape Persecution

The recent imprisonment of five men in Senegal in connection with a 'gay wedding' has caused such social uproar in the country that gays are reportedly fleeing to nearby The Gambia and Mali to avoid persecution, Afrol News reports:

Senegal"The Gambia may not be a safe hideout for homosexuals, considering President Yahya Jammeh's personal hatred of homosexuality. He had earlier threatened to crush any act of homosexuality in the country...Since the publication of a gay wedding in the outskirts of the capital Dakar in early February, stories on homosexuality have been dominating news in Senegal. The story - backed by photographs - was first published by a local magazine, Icone...The publication has flared tempers in the predominantly Muslim nation, resulting to arrest and detention of homosexuals and all those who graced the wedding, including musicians...Senegalese authorities have been under local religious pressures to avoid tolerating homosexuality in the country, especially as the country prepares to host a major international Islamic summit on 12 March. Led by an influential Muslim cleric and lawmaker, Imam Mbaye Niang, hundreds of people took to the streets of Dakar to protest against the government's failure to prosecute the gay suspects. Chanting Allahu Akbar [God is great], the protesters later turned violent, burning rubbish and blockading roads close to the central mosque in Dakar."

Senegalese homosexuals flee [afrol news]

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  1. The US and former colonial powers, especially France, could pressure on these idiot governments to stop their inhumane bullshit. But Bush and Zarcosy don't give a damn.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Feb 26, 2008 2:09:55 PM


  2. Don't think it can't happen here, folks. The situation here in the U.S. is pretty damn close to political, economic, and social conditions that were in place in Germany before the rise of the Third Reich. I know it sounds crazy but I'm sure there were plenty of naysayers in Berlin in the 1930's.

    Posted by: JerzeeMike | Feb 26, 2008 2:42:54 PM


  3. All due respect Derrick, but these countries pride themselves on NOT doing the former colonial powers bidding on any subject. Any time their are Human Rights battles we should stand up and say stop doing it, but it seems in Africa we are banging our heads on the wall.

    Jeerzeemike....please...grow up.....there is a small minority of Americans who really hate Gays, but most people here could care less what we do as long as we do it in a reasonably sane fashion. If you think things here are so bad or pre WWII Germany bad then you have no clue as to what is taking place around the world. Gays in 40 or more countries would LOVE to have our problems instead of theirs. No one goes to jail here for just being Gay, no Gay man or woman is being hanged, or beaten in the streets by mobs of everyday citizens, or being imprisioned for going to a Gay bar or party.
    Gays in the US and Europe are so out and so much a part of daily life it isn't funny. Wake up and act like you have some actual concept of reality.

    Posted by: Joshua | Feb 26, 2008 3:30:46 PM


  4. JOSHUA, based on your comments, I absolutely respect you and your perspective. I think African people do pride themselves on NOT doing what their former colonial oppressors tell them to do, but are we so sure about their governments? Many of these governments get millions of dollars in aid from the US, France, Britain, The Netherlands, etc.(could even consider the money to be "reparations")--but how much of it gets to the people?.
    If it were some other issue in the interest of these Western nations, I don't doubt they wouldn't hesitate to put pressure on these satellite governments to "act right."

    But, yeah, I knew exactly the response my comment could get--especially from those who would question whether former colonial powers would ever genuinely want to do good for those they used to rule; but they can put pressure on those "Third World" governments they STILL do rule. You don't believe the French government has tremendous influence on the Sengalese government?

    But let's not totally dismiss JERZEEMIKE'S observations about the treatment of gay people in some parts of the West--especially what appears to be an increase in anti-gay violence. It seems that as gay people around the world come out of the shadows and demand human rights, the response we get is violence.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Feb 26, 2008 4:21:14 PM


  5. I didn't mean my comment to be an excuse for former colonial masters to skate by....sorry Derrick. I completely agree, the European countries don't pressure these nations leaders enough to do the right thing, and they pour billions of dollars into these places and the only ones who get helped are the ruling elite. I think that all we can do sometimes is hope that as the older post colonialist leaders die off or get to old to walk that younger, more progressive leaders emerge....a slow process, but sometimes the only hope a country has.

    We love to skewer Bush as being a neo-con, asswipe....but more than any President since AIDs became an issue, he has poured Billions into AIDs causes in Africa and the programs have been very, very effective. Even with the strings that are attached they are working far more than most liberals could have imagined. It's why there were so many huge crowds of people greeting him on his recent trip. He has done a huge amount for these countries and has put Congress on the spot by asking for a doubling of the 15 Billion we spend there now to 30 Billion. Bill Clinton never did this, we gave almost nothing under him and daddy Bush....so we need to give credit where credit is due. To bad he's such a screw up on everything else.

    Of course there is still hate and Gay bashing going on, but lets face it, being called a **faggot** and even being punched in the face is nothing compared to what our gay brothers and sisters in almost all of the Muslim and Christian African world face on a daily basis. Equality is usually a long and hard road to travel, but in this country and most western European countries that road isn't nearly as difficult as the one laid out before millions of gay's in 2/3's of the rest of the world.

    Posted by: Joshua | Feb 26, 2008 4:44:11 PM


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