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Gambian President Threatens Gay Asylum Seekers: 'If I Catch Them I Will Kill Them'


According to the APA, President of The Gambia Yahya Jammeh, who recently compared gays to ‘vermin’ and ‘malaria-infected mosquitos’ has accused Gambian citizens seeking asylum in the west of pretending to be gay so as to avoid having to return home:

“Some people go to the west and claim they are gays and that their lives are at risk in The Gambia, in order for them to be granted a stay in Europe. If I catch them I will kill them” the Gambian leader warned.

According to him, the British authorities have realized the untruthfulness of those claims which people used as a strategy to stay in Britain.

He said, the British have decided to conduct a test on travelers claiming to come from The Gambia and information to confirm their sexual orientation. 

The “tests” Jammeh mentions may refer to reports that surfaced late last year that found foreign nationals seeking asylum in Britain on the grounds that they were gay and would face persecution at home often had to provide “proof” they were gay, with extreme cases showing that individuals handed over “photographic and video evidence of 'highly personal sexual activity.’”

Jammeh has a history of making anti-gay threats, previously warning homosexuals in The Gambia, “If we catch you, you will regret why you were born.” Jammeh also labeled homosexuality as “one of the biggest threats to human existence” in an address before the United Nations last year.

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  1. Ah, how on earth would the world have progressed without the remarkable scientific, intellectual and artistic contributions of the entire African continent? Imagine a world without..... without... bongo drums! Horrific!

    I'm sure this man is considered a one-man brain trust on that Einstein of a continent!

    Posted by: Dan Cobb | May 16, 2014 1:28:18 PM

  2. why hasn't this cretin been put down?

    Posted by: Daniel Berry NYC | May 16, 2014 1:42:48 PM

  3. Imagine a world without blatant racist trolls like Dan Cobb. Wouldn't it be great? I'm not sure why Dan Cobb hates black people but his schtick is tiresome.

    Posted by: Tyler | May 16, 2014 1:45:19 PM

  4. Sickening.

    The only saving grace is that anti-gay people in this world, who use religion as a mask to hate, are continually showing reasonable people what actually needs to be done. LGBT rights and inclusion in all societies is a priority.

    Posted by: Martin | May 16, 2014 1:55:23 PM

  5. Africa: we should celebrate the fact that our ancestors left so long ago. Pity our distant cousins who live there now in places where goons like this are abetted by the yahoo wings of Christianity and Islam.

    Posted by: gregorybrown | May 16, 2014 1:58:18 PM

  6. Let me get this straight (all puns intended). He's pissed at gay asylum seekers for saying they'll face potential death threats at home, so he threatens to kill them. It would be funny if it weren't so grotesque.

    When will we hear that Scott Lively or Brian Brown made a trip to this country to spread their "good news" of gay hate?

    Posted by: CPT_Doom | May 16, 2014 2:08:40 PM

  7. @ TYLER,

    Dan Corn Cobb is just another manifestation (or infestation) of the many aliases of Rick. (It took me a while to realize that. Rick isn't the "Three Faces of Eve". That lunatic is the "Thirty-three Faces of Eve."

    I'd like to personally assasinate President Jammeh...but only after he got a hold of Dan Cobb's (Rick's) azz.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | May 16, 2014 2:32:41 PM

  8. Just another illiterate, uneducated African leader who doesn't understand anything he hears. In other words, business as usual.

    Posted by: Steve | May 16, 2014 2:33:52 PM

  9. Will Towleroad ever upgrade its commenting system?

    Posted by: Brian W. | May 16, 2014 2:38:49 PM

  10. It's interesting how some of the commenters here are responding to this horrible person with equally hateful language. I don't want him assassinated or killed. I want him to live through and witness what will inevitably be a world that will change and leave him alone and lost. This man, and men like him, are so unevolved, that he is already is having problems coexisting on the world stage.

    Posted by: apex | May 16, 2014 3:08:25 PM

  11. We need to use his words against enemies of human decency here in America. We need to link them, show that it is the same thing, thus further stigmatizing people like Tony Perkins.

    Posted by: TheSeer | May 16, 2014 3:14:49 PM

  12. Too bad we can't send him in a time machine back to the American South in the 1850s so he could get an idea of what it was like to be on the receiving end of abuse.

    Posted by: Jack M | May 16, 2014 3:27:24 PM

  13. Nazi

    Posted by: Sean | May 16, 2014 3:35:38 PM

  14. @ "It's interesting how some of the commenters here are responding to this horrible person with equally hateful language."

    Well, APEX, I appreciate what you're saying, but I'm what you call a "bitter old queen". I want to kill somebody before I go on to Glory. Why not kill somone who kills African Gay people?

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | May 16, 2014 4:10:09 PM

  15. Lynch the sh1tskin.

    Posted by: Gerry | May 16, 2014 4:25:07 PM

  16. Sean, he is!

    Indeed Derrick!

    Posted by: Rowan | May 16, 2014 5:28:42 PM

  17. This article is written as if STRAIGHT Gambian asylum seekers, pretending to be gay, are returned home; they will be killed. Am I wrong?

    Posted by: gb | May 16, 2014 6:41:17 PM

  18. GB,
    I think whether the half-wit African dictator consciously realizes it or not, that's the subtext here. These countries are so horrid any truly intelligent person stuck in them would pretend to be gay to escape to civilization. He's embarrassed people would "stoop so low" to leave.
    Africa and Russia, and to a large extent the rest of the homophobic non-West, are just looking for scapegoats. In 3 to 5 years, once hating and killing gays doesn't magically fix their problems, they will find something else to attack. Rawandan Genocide part II, or part III, whatever. I'm not a racist but I'm not going to lose much sleep over it...just as I don't lose sleep over the thought of some white trash meth addict overdosing. At a certain point it's better for things that are self-destructive to just self-destruct, whether they white or black.

    Posted by: EchtKultig | May 16, 2014 8:48:53 PM

  19. The average IQ in The Gambia is 66.

    50-69 - Mildly retarded

    Educable, can learn to care for oneself, employable in routinized jobs but require supervision. Might live alone but do best in supervised settings. Immature but with adequate social adjustment, usually no obvious physical anomalies.

    Moderate and mild retardation, contrary to the more severe forms, are typically not caused by brain damage but part of the normal variance of intelligence, and therefore largely genetic and inherited. This is important with regard to the question whether or not retarded persons should have children; for especially the moderate and mild forms of retardation, with which it is physically possible to have children, are the most likely to be inherited.

    Posted by: enchantra | May 17, 2014 1:37:36 AM

  20. EchtKultig: If the stone age commenting system here allowed it, I'd give you a thumbs up for that.

    Speaking of stone age, colonialism brought the idea of nations and literacy etc. to a place that was in the stone or bronze age. Certain people from that culture now are in charge. So this is what you get.

    Posted by: emjayay | May 17, 2014 2:38:41 AM

  21. That threat alone will get those lucky enough to escape that hellhole asylum in many countries who won't return them to their deaths. What a disgusting man along with all those who support him and these policies.

    Posted by: Will | May 17, 2014 7:05:46 PM

  22. The ironic thing is that his threat apparently applies to anyone, gay or straight, who tries to get asylum for being gay. So, if a straight guy applies for asylum for being gay and they don't believe him, they can point to Jammeh's statement as proof that they would be killed if sent back.

    Posted by: Bill | May 18, 2014 12:19:50 AM

  23. Oops - make the last two instances of "they" "he".

    Posted by: Bill | May 18, 2014 1:46:39 AM

  24. You are mistaken. He didn't said that. He growled and those sounds were translated like that. We still don't comprehend these genocidal specimens' minds, biologists are in the works though.

    Posted by: SAYTHETRUTH | May 21, 2014 4:20:10 PM

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