How Cameroon locals, others paid for slain LGBT leader's funeral

Published: August 19, 2013

 Donations from around the world

 
Many people from Cameroon and at least seven other countries helped pay for the funeral of journalist and activist Eric Lembembe, who was murdered last month.
 
The following summary of funds donated to and spent on the funeral of Aug. 2-3 was prepared by three Cameroonian organizations combating discrimination against sexual minorities, including Camfaids (the Cameroonian Foundation for AIDS), where Lembembe was the executive director.
 
A total of 2,677,000 CFA francs (US $5,410 or €4,060) was donated.
 
Donations were received from many people in Cameroon, as well as from Kenya, Burkina Faso and Nigeria.  Donations also came from the United States, France, the United Kingdom and Australia.
 
A total of 2,412,850 CFA francs (US $4,880 or €3,660) was spent on the funeral, including items such as the hearse, flowers, security, candles, coffin, grave, grave diggers, chairs and morgue expenses.
 
That leaves 264,200 CFA francs (US $530 or €400), which will be used to start paying the expenses of providing security for the new coalition of gay-friendly associations in Yaoundé. The coalition includes Camfaids, Humanity First Cameroon (HFC) and Affirmative Action (AA).

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