The attack came during a gathering to mark the end of this year’s International Day Against Homophobia celebrations in the Cameroonian capital of Yaoundé.
The time — about 11 p.m., Saturday, May 19. Representatives of several LGBTI organizations march one by one to the podium to discuss what the week’s activities have meant to them.
Rounds of excited applause greet the speakers. The room heats up. It’s time to party. A fashion show, awards presentations, songs and dances are coming up.
Outside in the courtyard about 10 men from the Nkomo neighborhood gather, having caught word of what they call “a gathering of fags.”
“We must stop this,” they say. “We don’t want them here.”
The news spreads by word of mouth through the neighborhood. Their numbers grow. Around midnight, they burst into the room. One of them hits a board against the ground.
Inside, the party atmosphere vanishes. Everyone…
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