Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Cameroon:Gays learning their lessons!

                              By Tanji Ntonifor 
    Homosexuality may appear fashionable to some Cameroonians but the reality is that it remains a crime in the country.    
    According to Section 347 of Cameroon penal code, "Whoever has sexual relationship with a person of the same sex shall be punished with imprisonment from six months to five years and a fine from 20.000Fcfa to 200.000 Fcfa"
     Yet many young Cameroonians are now copying blindly the same-sex relation (lesbianism and homosexuality), which is a legally accepted in some parts of the USA, Europe and elsewhere.
       Advocates of homosexuality say, as long as Human Rights are concerned gays have the right to choose whatever sexual orientation they like and those who are against the same-sex relationship should be considered as Human Rights violators.
      In some Cameroonian villages, those found guilty of homosexuality or lesbianism are treated as outcasts- and people have reportedly been banished when identified as gays and lesbians. They are even likened to witches and wizards.
     Many young Cameroonians have been molested, accused, arrested, and detained or being prosecuted for allegedly being gay.  
     Surprisingly,   Amnesty International, a world-wide Human Rights organization, has repeatedly condemned Cameroon for prosecuting persons perceived to be homosexual or lesbian, and called on Cameroon to de-criminalize homosexuality, a thing the country is yet consider as worthwhile.
Shalanyuy Yenwo  Molo
      Yet, many are not deterred. Cameroonian gays continue to bring enormous shame to their parents and communities. Some get engaged in the abominable act for
 Occultist reasons-to become rich and influential in their localities.
      The story is told of one Peter Nkgrafu, who traveled to the UK in 2012 and reportedly fell in love with a UK resident Mr. Shalanyuy Yenwo  Molo, after they met in a night club in Birmingham in September .Their night club meeting was the beginning of the same-sex relationship.
     When Peter Nkgrafu returned to Cameroon in December in the hope of renewing his visa, his same-sex sexual orientation spread like wild fire in his locality.
 But his parents were skeptical until they had cause to confirm that their son was actually a homosexual: they reportedly found in his keeping homosexual pictures love letters and were scandalized.
    Reports say Peter Nkgrafu  died this February from injuries he sustained  when residents of his community beat him for attempting to convert others into gays.


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