who was imprisoned in 2011 in anti-gay Cameroon for amorous text messages, was released from prison in 2012 in poor health, and died last year under suspicious circumstances at his family’s home.
These are excerpts from Corey-Boulet’s report on his investigation for Al Jazeera America:
Who killed Roger Mbede?
Mbede became the global face of the fight for gay rights in Cameroon when he was arrested but died alone and in poverty
YAOUNDÉ, Cameroon — On the night of July 16, 2012, Roger Mbede walked out of the central prison in Cameroon’s capital city, having served 16 months of a three-year term for violating the country’s anti-gay law. Though Mbede, then 33, had entered prison a nobody, he was emerging an icon, a man whose story had…
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