Gay, Trans Cameroonians Arrested… Again!

Published: March 28, 2013

CAMEROON, March 28 – TWO MEN who had been arrested and released on charges of homosexuality in January have been rearrested again, it has been reported.

Jonas Singa Kumie and Franky Djome (Franky Ndome), variously described as gay men and as transgender, went shopping last Sunday at the Essos market in Yaoundé where they were insulted by some of the traders and onlookers.

In a report carried in 76 Crimes, Jonas, interviewed March 26 at a police station, said “When we walked by, people began to insult us. They called us queers, witches, women. Some merchants threatened to beat us up and began throwing stones and tomatoes at us.”

The pair, it is alleged, stopped at a salon in hopes of getting manicures and pedicures, but within minutes a crowd formed around them. A fight broke out between the two gay men and the merchants.

“People were throwing stones and other objects at us. We defended ourselves as best we could. One stone hit a nearby woman and she began to bleed profusely. Even more people jumped on us and hit us. Our purchases were stolen. They grabbed our identity cards and our money.

Franky rushed to the nearest police station for help. The police then took us into custody,” said Jonas.

The injured woman, who had been hit unintentionally by a stone thrown by one of the pair, was taken to a nearby health center for treatment. Franky’s mother paid for first aid for the woman, settling a bill that came to 8,000 CFA francs (about $16), the mother said.

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