By Basil K Mbuye
Homosexuals and lesbians living in the Fundong community in the Northwest region of Cameroon on April 19, 2016 received psychosocial support from Human Is Right and Mother of Hope organizations.
The project co-taken by Human Is Right and Mother of Hope aimed at providing psychosocial support, rehabilitation and reintegration to Lesbian,gay,bisexual and transgender,LGBT, victims of violence and rejection.
The campaign lasted for three days in the Fundong Community with regrouping three villages. During this period, LGBT persons were provided with vital psychosocial support and counselling in three villages in the Fundong community.
Other activities provided during this three-day campaign launched by the Human Is Right and Mother of Hope include; psychosocial counseling to victims of hate speech, intolerance and violence, distribution of Antiretroviral drugs to some HIV/AIDS patients while also setting a pace for healing and reintegration into the society to two lesbian girls rejected by their families amongst others.
Room was also given for the LGBT persons to recount the difficulties they faced, how they managed to escape from being lapidated by homophobic villagers and how they strived for survival in a hostile environment.
Their stories sent many of their audiences to shed tears as they listen to the ordeals of the LGBT persons in hostile environments.
LGBT persons in Cameroon face legal challenges not experienced by non-LGBT residents. Both male and female same-sex sexual activity is illegal in Cameroon and LGBT persons face stigmatisation among the broader population.
Cameroon’s law on same sex on Cybersecurity and Cybercrime (Law No. 2010/012 of 21 December 2010) criminalises online same-sex sexual propositions. Under Article 83(1) any person who makes sexual propositions to a person of their sex through electronic communications shall be punished with imprisonment of one to two years and a fine of FCFA 500,000 to 1,000,000 or only one of these two penalties. Under Article 83(2) it is established that the penalties are doubled when the proposals have been followed by sexual intercourse