Cameroon | Crime | Gay Rights

Roger Jean-Claude Mbede, Jailed For A Text

Mdebe"I'm very much in love w/u." So read the text message that Cameroonian Roger Jean-Claude Mbede sent to another man last year, and which landed him in Kondengui Central Prison, where he remains still. In Cameroon, homosexual acts are punishable with up to five years in prison. For his text message, Mbede has been sentenced to three.

Representatives from Alternatives Cameroon visited Mbede in Kondengui, where they found him in "deplorable" moral and physical health:

Suffering at the time with his left eye and without treatment or medications. He told us he slept on the ground since his imprisonment, and abandoned by most of his family members who regard him as a wizard.

Mbede has an appeals hearing tomorrow, and could be released. Or he could be returned to prison for another two years. There is currently a petition on calling for his emancipation, which has so far been signed by more than 80,000 people. You can sign it here. (Quickly, though. Cameroon is eight hours ahead of the American eastern coast.) 

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  1. Wow,that is horrific.

    Posted by: MQ | Sep 16, 2012 4:37:20 PM

  2. Calling Hillary Clinton, calling Hillary Clinton. You're Secretaryy of State, sis. Start concerning yourself with the plight of gays in Africa, darling. Enough with this swanning around and sticking up for Islam.

    Posted by: jason | Sep 16, 2012 6:34:47 PM

  3. I believe Greystoke the Tarzan film was made in Cameroon. In fact there was some male nudity in the film.

    Posted by: Bard Theater | Sep 16, 2012 6:44:06 PM

  4. Let's make sure we're not sending any American aide, money or assistance to Cameroon. And for God's sakes people, don't go there on holiday.

    Posted by: OS2Guy | Sep 16, 2012 7:27:05 PM

  5. Every time someone tells me a sad story about a homophobic African country I share the feelings. But I wouldn’t spend a cent in a country who wants me dead or imprisoned. It’s like sending relief to Nazi Germany because they are having a bad time in war. You want them good as humans but no good can come until they change their monstrous culture and government. Period.

    Posted by: SayTheTruth | Sep 16, 2012 8:45:05 PM

  6. Africa is not going to be fixed any time soon.

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