Gay man frequents Cameroon cybercafe; crowd attacks

A gay man in Cameroon is attacked then is victimized again in the press and by accusations by the cyber cafe where the attack took place.


Henry O. (Photo courtesy of CAMFAIDS, published with approval from Henry O. and CAMFAIDS) Henry O. (Photo courtesy of Camfaids, published with approval from Henry O. and Camfaids)

A homophobic crowd attacked a Yaoundé resident in a cybercafe last month, the Cameroonian LGBTI activist organization CAMFAIDS reports.

After the attack, Emmanuelle Ndjock, the owner of the cybercafe, filed charges against Henry O. of Yaoundé and Elvis T., a visitor to Cameroon, accusing Henry of obscene behavior, seeking prosecution on homosexuality charges and demanding payment for damages her establishment suffered during the attack.

Camfaids described the incident as “incredible,” “infamous” and “ignominious.” It occurred Oct. 1 in the Tsinga neighborhood in Yaoundé, Cameroon’s capital.

According to a report by Camfaids:

Henry, a frequent customer of the cybercafe, had been warned by employees there not to speak aloud to a man online whom he called “my love” and “my heart.” The employees warned Henry that they would denounce him to police.

In Cameroonian law, same-sex intercourse…

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