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Cameroonian Man Jailed for Homosexuality Dies After Being Removed From Hospital

Mbede, nkom

A gay man in Cameroon who was jailed for sending a text message to another man saying “I’m very much in love with you” has died after his family removed him from a hospital where he had sought treatment for medical complications brought on by his stay in prison. The AP reports:

CameroonRoger Jean-Claude Mbede [above, left], 34, died on Friday after his family removed him from the hospital where he had been seeking treatment for a hernia, lawyer Alice Nkom [right] said.

"His family said he was a curse for them and that we should let him die," she said.

Mbede was arrested in March 2011, and given a three-year sentence the following month.

The AP adds:

Cameroon brings more cases against suspected homosexuals than any other African country, according to Human Rights Watch. The rights group said in a March 2013 report that at least 28 people had been charged under the law in the past three years.

Mbede developed the hernia while in prison. In July 2012 he was granted provisional release on medical grounds, according to Human Rights Watch, and went into hiding. An appeals court upheld his conviction in December 2012.

International human rights activists have called on Cameroonian police to investigate Mbede's death in light of reports that he may have been barred from receiving medical treatment. 

Mbede had been declared a prisoner of conscience by Amnesty International. 

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  1. This is just the kind of outcome the christians are hoping for.

    Posted by: DannyEastVillage | Jan 12, 2014 5:25:24 PM


  2. What a primitive backwater Cameroon must be! The gay man's family is a disgrace. They should be charged with criminal negligence if it's true they prevented him from receiving medical treatment.

    I also don't think that Amnesty International has done enough for those who are imprisoned on homosexuality charges. Amnesty seems reluctant to get the publicity out there into the mainstream. Publicity in the gay media is one thing but it needs to be out there in the mainstream media too.

    Where is the NAACP? Doesn't it ever comment on what happens in Africa?

    Posted by: richard | Jan 12, 2014 5:27:54 PM


  3. Way to twist the tragic story of a gay man's murder into pro-USA racist rant, as if it wasn't white American evangelicals who are causing these atrocities by spreading anti-gay hate across the globe.

    I know we can't expect better entertainment from the Trollroad trolls, but do they have to be this astonishingly stupid?

    Posted by: oncemorewithfeeling | Jan 12, 2014 5:50:16 PM


  4. Sometimes you've got to blame the Africans themselves. It's not exactly a progressive place. Not all the blame should be put on American evangelicals. Spread the blame around. The persecution of gays is happening in countries where evangelicals don't have much influence, such as Uganda.

    Posted by: richard | Jan 12, 2014 6:10:02 PM


  5. Richard, if you work out what the N part of NAACP stands for then you know why it doesn't comment on what happens in Africa - even if it did what good would it do - i imagine very very few people in Camaroon has heard of it and even fewer care.
    I'm also guessing Amnesty Int. have way less say into what USAmerican tv stations put on the news in comparison to the say that all the bigoted US Christian Sects have.
    I could be wrong.

    Posted by: John | Jan 12, 2014 6:19:04 PM


  6. Horrible horrible Africa!

    Posted by: Roman Bolliger | Jan 12, 2014 6:30:48 PM


  7. Islamic sects are bigoted too. They have influence in Africa. In fact, Islamism is on the rise. They are part of the cultural forces in
    Africa but surely a time comes when the Africans have to be held to account. The UN is letting Africa off the hook on the gay rights issues.

    Posted by: richard | Jan 12, 2014 6:38:08 PM


  8. what a sad, sad world. He was a 'curse' and embarrassment for his family. F.U. too, family.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jan 12, 2014 6:47:01 PM


  9. I agree that the UN should be more active. I totally agree. And as the voice of the world it is their job to speak up for those who are being hurt.
    However there are a lot of brave and good Africans who are speaking up for the gay community there and you really should acknowledge their bravery in the face of such danger.
    The islam thing - well i haven't heard of the USofA sending cruel muslims to spread hatespeech in Africa however there are lots of examples of the USofA sending lots of cruel Christians to spread hatespeech in Africa. That's not to say it doesn't happen.

    Posted by: John | Jan 12, 2014 6:50:01 PM


  10. I'm not going to go into technical details, because it is extremely unpleasant, but suffice it to say that dying from a hernia is a long, drawn-out process that involves not only excruciating pain but also indignities which are too horrible to contemplate.

    May this man's entire family die in a fire.

    Posted by: Nick | Jan 12, 2014 6:53:56 PM


  11. i wish we could have brought him here.
    how awful. poor guy.

    Posted by: woody | Jan 12, 2014 7:11:30 PM


  12. Really. The Cameroonian police are going to investigate. Weak.

    Posted by: thebullshitmeter | Jan 12, 2014 8:17:16 PM


  13. Actually, Cameroon is quite different from Uganda; US evangelicals have not played much of a role ther. The most aggressive actors have been opportunistic tabloids, a youth brigade, police and politicians who have inflamed existing homophobia, thrown gays in jail on trumped up charges and incited homophobic violence.

    About 40% of citizens are Catholic, 30% are Protestant and 20% are Muslim. All the churches have generally supported the anti-gay pogrom. Archbishop Victor Tonye Bakot, the most virulently homophobic bishop, was replaced by Pope Francis this summer, but his was apparently due to financial irregularities.
    http://76crimes.com/2013/07/30/pope-replaces-cameroons-anti-gay-archbishop/

    Posted by: FYoung | Jan 12, 2014 8:39:40 PM


  14. Why do the "pro-boycott" people always ignore what is happening in Africa? A cursory internet search shows that divisions of the following operate in Cameroon:

    Citigroup, Colgate-Palmolive, Heineken, Chevron/Texaco, Exxon-Mobil, Cook's Champagne

    Posted by: alex | Jan 12, 2014 8:49:38 PM


  15. I hope for a self-fulfilling prophecy for this so-called "family." I would like that poor man's spirit to ACTUALLY curse them, for considering him a curse and taking him away from the medical care he needed to suffer a drawn-out excruciatingly painful death.

    Posted by: chemistry | Jan 12, 2014 9:04:41 PM


  16. I hope to travel the world someday but I'm perfectly fine skipping Africa entirely. It just seems like a horrible place. I'll take the Disney safari instead.

    Posted by: daws | Jan 12, 2014 9:16:41 PM


  17. People need to stop blaming US evangelicals for Africa' genocidal homophobia. Cameroon and Africa welcome thes churches because they are genocidally homophobic to start with.

    All aid and trade with Cameroon needs to cease.

    Posted by: MaryM | Jan 13, 2014 3:06:26 AM


  18. People need to stop blaming US evangelicals for Africa' genocidal homophobia. Cameroon and Africa welcome thes churches because they are genocidally homophobic to start with.

    All aid and trade with Cameroon needs to cease.

    Posted by: MaryM | Jan 13, 2014 3:06:28 AM


  19. It is so racist and annoying for people on the Internet to make racist comments about Africans. Homophobia is a GLOBAL problem in the east and the western world. South Africa which is an African nation where gay marriage is legal for all people. Last time I checked in the USA gay marriage is not legal in all the states. Also the influence and power of White American Evangelical Christians must not be discounted. I think it is sad that Towleroad is trying to show gays in the US how other gays around the world STRUGGLE to deal with homophobia. Yet racist bigots on this thread feel it is necessary to stereotype African people. As the old saying goes do not throw stones in glass houses.

    Posted by: Jake | Jan 13, 2014 8:58:44 PM


  20. It is so racist and annoying for people on the Internet to make racist comments about Africans. Homophobia is a GLOBAL problem in the east and the western world. South Africa which is an African nation where gay marriage is legal for all people. Last time I checked in the USA gay marriage is not legal in all the states. Also the influence and power of White American Evangelical Christians must not be discounted. I think it is sad that Towleroad is trying to show gays in the US how other gays around the world STRUGGLE to deal with homophobia. Yet racist bigots on this thread feel it is necessary to stereotype African people. As the old saying goes do not throw stones in glass houses.

    Posted by: Jake | Jan 13, 2014 8:58:51 PM


  21. It is so racist and annoying for people on the Internet to make racist comments about Africans. Homophobia is a GLOBAL problem in the east and the western world. South Africa which is an African nation where gay marriage is legal for all people. Last time I checked in the USA gay marriage is not legal in all the states. Also the influence and power of White American Evangelical Christians must not be discounted. I think it is sad that Towleroad is trying to show gays in the US how other gays around the world STRUGGLE to deal with homophobia. Yet racist bigots on this thread feel it is necessary to stereotype African people. As the old saying goes do not throw stones in glass houses.

    Posted by: Jake | Jan 13, 2014 8:58:54 PM


  22. It is so racist and annoying for people on the Internet to make racist comments about Africans. Homophobia is a GLOBAL problem in the east and the western world. South Africa which is an African nation where gay marriage is legal for all people. Last time I checked in the USA gay marriage is not legal in all the states. Also the influence and power of White American Evangelical Christians must not be discounted. I think it is sad that Towleroad is trying to show gays in the US how other gays around the world STRUGGLE to deal with homophobia. Yet racist bigots on this thread feel it is necessary to stereotype African people. As the old saying goes do not throw stones in glass houses.

    Posted by: Jake | Jan 13, 2014 8:58:56 PM


  23. It is so racist and annoying for people on the Internet to make racist comments about Africans. Homophobia is a GLOBAL problem in the east and the western world. South Africa which is an African nation where gay marriage is legal for all people. Last time I checked in the USA gay marriage is not legal in all the states. Also the influence and power of White American Evangelical Christians must not be discounted. I think it is sad that Towleroad is trying to show gays in the US how other gays around the world STRUGGLE to deal with homophobia. Yet racist bigots on this thread feel it is necessary to stereotype African people. As the old saying goes do not throw stones in glass houses.

    Posted by: Jake | Jan 13, 2014 8:58:58 PM


  24. There's a special place in hell for families that do that to their own kin. I only wish I could see live video of it.

    Posted by: Rodney Wollam | Jan 14, 2014 11:42:53 AM


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