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Mobs in Senegal Dig Up Dead Gays, Desecrate the Bodies

Back in May 2009 I posted about the body of a man suspected to be gay which was exhumed from a cemetery in Senegal because people didn't want it buried there. Madieye Diallo's (pictured) body was reportedly dumped in front of the family home. Diallo died because his health failed when he stopped taking his HIV medication. He had stopped taking the medication because he was in hiding during an anti-gay witchhunt after photos of a gay wedding were published in a local tabloid.

Senegal A new article by the AP revisits that story and reports that gays continue to be exhumed in that country, and their bodies desecrated:

"To the long list of abuse meted out to suspected homosexuals in Africa, Senegal has added a new form of degradation - the desecration of their bodies. In the past two years, at least four men suspected of being gay have been exhumed by angry mobs in cemeteries in Senegal. The violence is especially shocking because Senegal, unlike other countries in the region, is considered a model of tolerance. 'It's jarring to see this happen in Senegal,' says Ryan Thoreson, a fellow at the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission who has been researching the rise of homophobia here. 'When something like this happens in an established democracy, it's alarming.' Even though homosexuality is illegal in Senegal, colonial documents indicate the country has long had a clandestine gay community."

Senegal  As for what happened to Diallo, the exhumation and desecration of his body was captured on video and posted online:

"The shaky image shows a group of men jerking around the edges of the grave. One of them straddles the pit and shovels away the fine gray dirt until you can see the shrouded body. It's still inside the trough when they tie a rope around its feet. They yank it out, cheering as the body bends over the lip of the grave. The shroud catches on the ground and tears off, revealing the dead man's torso. Rassul Djitte, 48, watched from behind the wall of a nearby school. He had not known Diallo personally, but says he felt a stab. "'People were rejoicing,' he says. 'They dragged him past me and his body left tracks in the sand. Like a car passing through snow.'"

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  1. Like a car passing through snow.

    I'm over helping Africa. Now Product Red shit. No Raising Malawi. I'm gonna start protesting funds that go to Africa. Make signs that say, "God hates Funds that go to Africa." It's not as catchy as "God Hates Fags," but I'll put glitter on it or something...

    Posted by: JonBenet | Apr 12, 2010 10:09:11 AM

  2. Can you say "primitive"?

    Posted by: dancobbbc | Apr 12, 2010 10:18:24 AM

  3. The Africans are, by and large, helpless victims of poverty and ignorance and easily exploited by forces of the religious right, from the US as well as Africa. Their social ignorance and lack of even the most basic education leads to something like this. The culture is stuck back in the slave era. There's no hope for gays in Africa except to somehow get the hell out. And meanwhile, everything that can be done in the US to expose the US/Africa homophobia connection must be done. Since we can't go over to Senegal to protest, we can at least call out the Christian US Senators and figures that promote this kind of ghastly violence.

    Posted by: Jim | Apr 12, 2010 10:39:52 AM

  4. I say bomb the shit out of Senegal and be done with it!

    Posted by: SeaMonster | Apr 12, 2010 10:44:19 AM

  5. These same type of ugly acts happen in certain countries of the Middle East, Asia, and Europe. They just go unreported and are usually in countries that don't have a free press. This is what happens when you have religion woven into a government or leaders who decry their gay citizens.

    Posted by: Brian in Texas | Apr 12, 2010 11:13:25 AM

  6. The white gay racism of the first 3 comments is astounding and disgusting.

    Hello! Racism is just as bad as homophobia, idiots.

    AFRICA is a HUGE continent, not a country, with thousands of diverse ethnic groups.

    If you heard about homophobic Italians, would you damn all Europeans?

    Hundreds of LGBT people get beaten and many killed in America each year. So should be "nuke" America (like the presumably white gay racist said to nuke Senegal)?

    A few white gay men feel like you/we aren't accountable for saying bigoted things. Well your gayness does not excuse you.

    NO: Africans are not any more "primitive," "ignorant" or backward than any other massive group of people or any other continent.

    Homophobia was not always high among Africans. Read "Boy-Wives and Female Husbands: Studies of African Homosexualities" by Will Roscoe and Stephen O. Murray.

    But, in the post-80s AIDS era, new American and European missionary work has given birth to new forms of anti-LGBT hatred. (Jim, the commenter here, was somewhat right, but his patronizing remarks about Africans is off-base).

    Please stop being typical, ignorant, racist white affluent gays who demonstrate a complete dearth of knowledge about cultures outside your own.

    It's not cute and you just look like dumb, redneck bigots. But then again: perhaps you WANT to be racist.

    Posted by: veg | Apr 12, 2010 11:18:49 AM

  7. Even desecrating graves? Sorry, but these are a degraded and worthless people. They have no future in the world that is coming. As for the gay haters here in America, it seems ironic that they can't even grant the possibility that we are born the way we are despite overwhelming evidence and are a natural part of Nature, but they apparently do think that gay people are born without trigger fingers.

    Posted by: romeo | Apr 12, 2010 11:20:34 AM

  8. I conclude that there are trolls posting here pretending to be gay men. How else to explain the racist, reactionary comments posted to this thread?

    What happened in Senegal is repulsive. It's hard to know what they were even ''rejoicing" over. A corpse? The symbolism? An exorcism?

    If you can bring yourself to look past the horror of it, what they're parading in victory starts to look like total, tragic defeat.

    Poor Senegal. What a terrifying, tragic place.

    Posted by: yonkersconquers | Apr 12, 2010 11:34:50 AM

  9. ROMEO:

    Wow, you sure sound like a disgusting bigot. So Africans are "degarded and worthless people" but all other homophobes in the US and elsewhere get off the hook?

    Quite frankly, you don't sound any better than the hateful people reported upon in the post.

    When will all the hatefullness--the homophobia AND the racism/classicism--end?

    Posted by: veg | Apr 12, 2010 11:35:06 AM

  10. It's amazing to what evil depths our fellow humans will go to express their hatred towards their fellow man. Peace to those individuals and their families who are persecuted by these subhuman animals.

    Posted by: SFshawn | Apr 12, 2010 11:38:04 AM

  11. 1: The racism doesn't surprise me at all. I'd be surprised if the trolls didn't show up first.

    2: This kind of stuff doesn't just happen. Furthermore, no poor person is sitting around and making a decision, " do I go out and hustle up some food for my family, or, do I go out and dig up graves of Gay people?" Someone with money organized this. That leaves Warlord types who are really more concerned with illegal mineral trading ,or, Churches. I'm willing to bet it's Churches with Western backing. No way does any person think it's fun to go dig up a smelly dead body on a typical afternoon. UNLESS, they are getting something in return. All of this anti-Gay in Africa only recently started. Doesn't that tell you that someone is behind it?

    3: The barbarism here is oddly Western in the way that it goes against everything in African culture when it comes to the dead. If anything, if these people were holding true to their tribal beliefs, a dead body would NEVER be bothered as the spirits would unleash all holy hell on them.

    4: I am not excusing these idiots, however, something smells rotten in Denmark.

    Btw, you racist trolls probably aren't even Gay. Or, should I say openly Gay. May I suggest you set up an Adam4Adam account so you can see peen and really hate yourself for what you obviously want. Black dick.

    Posted by: Derek Washington | Apr 12, 2010 11:41:11 AM

  12. @Veg: I appreciate your desire to instill fairness here. But at this site, concern for gays is the focus, and in this instance, African gays. The damning evidence of cruelty and murder of gays in Africa is overwhelming. You can try, but I see little possible in the way of defense of this behavior. Africa's culture is its fate - in the classic tragic sense.
    As for me and the non-privileged "white boy" life of discrimination and rejection I have had, well, I GIVE AS GOOD AS I GET.

    Posted by: romeo | Apr 12, 2010 11:42:37 AM

  13. Totally gay, guys. And think of me as you will.

    Posted by: romeo | Apr 12, 2010 11:45:18 AM

  14. @Derek Washington

    Thank you.

    In many traditional cultures, stuff like digging up and descreating graves is some serious shit that can bring the wrath of the gods on you.

    It's entirely inconsistent with tribal beliefs in Africaand many other places.

    Posted by: Chitown Kev | Apr 12, 2010 11:49:11 AM

  15. And for the record, who are the trolls here? The criticism here has been about behavior and culture. No one on this thread defends bigotry from ANYONE. I am not a racist. Skin color is not the enemy; behavior is. You're excusing this behavior because the perpetrators are black. What does that say about your attitude toward black people? There is racism here, but it's not from me.

    Posted by: romeo | Apr 12, 2010 12:02:13 PM

  16. one would think these african citizens would do something productive with themselves,there are SOOOO many issues that need tackling on that continent,talk about waste of friends aunt had to flee that continent this year cause they were going to burn her ALIVE!!!sick!!!

    Posted by: sal(yes the original) | Apr 12, 2010 12:05:09 PM

  17. I am never surprised by the virulent racism in the white gay community. Stories like this draw them like moths to a flame.

    Posted by: Michael | Apr 12, 2010 12:27:47 PM

  18. Anti-gay trolls are all over this comment section looking for lulz. Sad, innit? They can't find girlfriends.

    Posted by: yonkersconquers | Apr 12, 2010 12:46:50 PM

  19. There is no comparison between how gay men and women are treated in the united states and how they're treated in most african countries. None.

    Posted by: TANK | Apr 12, 2010 12:53:43 PM

  20. @TROLLS: Blah Blah. Blah blah blah blah.

    Read in Charlie Brown's teachers' voice.

    Posted by: Derek Washington | Apr 12, 2010 12:58:20 PM

  21. @tank not just gay citizens,their own people they do some sick things too (and all the tools who say its racist to point this out where have you guys been all this time,havent you looked at the news coming outta there?thinking that mutilating young girls is cool and raping virgins will cure em of hiv and the HORROR stories of disturbing war rapes etc this is not racism this is a problem our innocent black african brothers and sisters face by their own

    Posted by: sal(yes the original) | Apr 12, 2010 1:01:03 PM

  22. ..just look at all the african refugees fleeing their own country cause people dont know how to live with each other...albinos are killed cause the look diff,children/older folks are killed cause they are thought to be witches....sick sick sick and if you excuse this with the simple "racist!!!"talk i have no time for that

    Posted by: sal(yes the original) | Apr 12, 2010 1:04:45 PM


    Posted by: sal(yes the original) | Apr 12, 2010 1:14:41 PM

  24. Well, it covers up the real human rights violations, sal. To refuse to hold people accountable for their behavior because they're ignorant or bigoted in some way, were exploited in the past, or believe in magic, is just as good as excusing them for their evil acts. It's the new holocaust denying, because its intent is to keep people from talking about the suffering of others. No one wants to be branded a "racist"--and not for any GOOD reason, either (they don't want to be perceived that way by others instead of actually disagreeing with racist beliefs). Of course, we can condemn these barbaric practices without resorting to racism, and we should. But the people responsible for virgin rape, female genital mutilation, forced rapes as conversion therapy, albino killing because of beliefs in magic, and the wholesale slaughter of gays...are not reasonable people, and cannot be reasoned with. They either need to be threatened or destroyed to get them to stop.

    Posted by: TANK | Apr 12, 2010 1:18:12 PM

  25. I'm African America and I just wan't to send Senegal to hell but save the women, children & gays!

    Posted by: Dawnell_do | Apr 12, 2010 1:23:20 PM

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