A Cameroonian gay-rights lawyer remembers a transgender neigbour

RFI on March 28, 2013 16:44

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    Two Cameroonian men who were convicted of being gay and later released are back in custody. Police detained them after an angry mob attacked them in a Yaoundé marketplace.

    Jonas Singa Kumie and Franky Djome were dressed in women’s clothes when shoppers assaulted them on Sunday. One of their lawyers, Alice Nkom, is a well-known gay rights activist.

    Nkom -- the first African woman to have become a lawyer in Cameroon -- is in Paris as a guest of the French government.

    She told RFI's Michel Arseneault that Cameroonian society used to be more tolerant.

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