Gay Cameroonian, Jailed for a Text Message, Dies on Medical Leave

Rights activists allege that family deprived him of medical care

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Anne Mireille Nzouankeu / AP
Anne Mireille Nzouankeu / AP

In this July 2012 photo, Roger Jean-Claude Mbede poses for a picture in the home of a friend where he had sought refuge, in Yaounde, Cameroon

Cameroon’s gay “prisoner of conscience” died on Friday, according to the Associated Press.

Roger Jean-Claude Mbede, 34, was convicted under Cameroon’s stringent anti-gay laws after he sent a text message to a male friend that read, “I’m very much in love with you.” A court sentenced him to three years in prison.

Mbede was granted a temporary medical release after he developed a hernia that required hospitalization. His family removed him from the hospital’s care despite what activists’ described as a rapidly deteriorating condition.

“His family said he was a curse for them and that we should let him die,” Mbede’s lawyer told AP.

[AP]

4 comments
GodsLeftEar
GodsLeftEar

Quite sad,  I assume the "friend" he text went to the police etc...nice friends to have, definitely hard to imagine these kinds of things and worse still happen all over the world. 

HeatherShaw
HeatherShaw

it baffles me that in 2014, we are treating each other this way! What crime did he commit? He loved another man....so what? His family should be ashamed of themselves for behaving like they did, and allowing their son to die.


LJRhodes
LJRhodes

Enraged doesn't begin to describe my mood from reading this.