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Gay man jailed in Cameroon for sending ‘I love you’ text to another man dies

“His family said he was a curse for them and that we should let him die."
Sunday, January 12, 2014

YAOUNDE, Cameroon — A gay man in Cameroon who was jailed for sending a text message to another man saying “I’m very much in love with you,” and who was later declared a prisoner of conscience by Amnesty International, has died, according to a lawyer who worked on his case.

Roger Jean-Claude Mbede, seen here in 2012 at the home of a friend where he had sought refuge, in Yaounde, Cameroon.

Anne Mireille Nzouankeu, AP
Roger Jean-Claude Mbede, seen here in 2012 at the home of a friend where he had sought refuge, in Yaounde, Cameroon.

Roger Jean-Claude Mbede, 34, died Friday roughly one month after his family removed him from the hospital where he had been seeking treatment for a hernia, lawyer Alice Nkom said.

“His family said he was a curse for them and that we should let him die,” she said.

Mbede was arrested in March 2011 in connection with the text message and convicted the following month under a Cameroonian law that imposes up to five years in prison for homosexual acts. He received a three-year sentence.

Cameroon brings more cases against suspected homosexuals than any other African country, according to Human Rights Watch. The rights group said in a March 2013 report that at least 28 people had been charged under the law in the past three years.

Mbede developed the hernia while in prison. In July 2012 he was granted provisional release on medical grounds, according to Human Rights Watch, and went into hiding. An appeals court upheld his conviction in December 2012.

“I accuse the state,” said Nkom, the most prominent of a small group of lawyers in Cameroon willing to defend suspects charged with violating Cameroon’s anti-gay law. “If there had not been criminalization of homosexuality, he would not have gone to prison and his life would not be over. His life was finished as soon as he went to prison.”

Cameroonian officials have been unapologetic about their enforcement of the anti-gay law, and have rejected recommendations from the United Nations Human Rights Council to protect sexual minorities from violence. Appearing before the council in September 2013, Anatole Nkou, Cameroon’s ambassador to Geneva, testified that a prominent gay rights activist found tortured and killed last year died because of his “personal life,” prompting outcry from international rights groups.

Lambert Lamba, a Cameroonian activist who works on behalf of sexual minorities, said Mbede had been out of the hospital for about one month prior to his death and had received no medical care during that time.

“His family said they were going to remove the homosexuality which is in him,” Lamba said. “I went to see him in his village. He could not stand up, he couldn’t speak.”

Neela Ghoshal, senior LGBT rights researcher for Human Rights Watch, called on Cameroonian police to investigate Mbede’s death in light of reports that he may have been barred from receiving medical treatment.

“Roger was a courageous man who became an accidental activist after he was arrested simply for expressing his love for another man,” Ghoshal said

Alexandre Marcel, president of the French committee for the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, condemned the family’s actions in a statement, saying they were a reminder that sexual minorities must fight prejudice at both the family and state levels in anti-gay countries around the world.

Also on Friday, six men in neighboring Gabon were released after being accused of taking part in a same-sex marriage ceremony last month. Officials who held them for one night decided not to bring charges against them after determining that no marriage had occurred, said prosecutor Sidonie Flore Ouwe.

Gabon is one of 11 countries in sub-Saharan Africa that have not criminalized homosexual acts, according to Amnesty International. However, Ouwe said that a gay marriage ceremony would constitute obscenity and an affront to public order punishable by law.

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  1. :(

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 4:51pm
  2. This world is sick…

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 4:52pm
  3. Monstrous

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 4:52pm
  4. That is just awful…

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 4:53pm
  5. Horrible :(

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 4:53pm
  6. So sad ……

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 4:53pm
  7. This makes me sick! Shame on them!

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 4:53pm
  8. That’s so fucked up

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 4:53pm
  9. Evil.

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 4:53pm
  10. and all of this in 21st century, i’m ashamed of humankind

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 4:54pm
  11. So sad…..

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 4:54pm
  12. unabashed evil

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 4:54pm
  13. That is Cameroon for us 2 girls were beaten and got naked in public for being lesbians

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 4:54pm
  14. :(

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 4:54pm
  15. RIP! And to your family- the curse is your ignorance!!

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 4:55pm
  16. very sad …

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 4:56pm
  17. damn

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 4:56pm
  18. :(

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 4:56pm
  19. You know, I wonder if these people know that these stories about their cruel actions only hurts them. It’s almost like they don’t give a fuck what kind of publicity they get as long as it’s some sort of publicity. People need to wake up… Not just the US where I live but the entire world. This is all fucking senseless violence and drama that doesn’t belong here.

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 4:56pm
  20. My god it is too sick people in Africa

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 4:56pm
  21. so sad

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 4:56pm
  22. How terrible!

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 4:56pm
  23. Bullshit I Can’t Wait For Judgement Day In Front Of God God Is Love God Would So Hopefully Punish Those That Are Prejudice Period No Matter What It Is The Person Is Judging For….

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 4:56pm
  24. His Family was the Curse.

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 4:57pm
  25. :( r I p

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 4:57pm
  26. Awful. :/ His family was the true curse…

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 4:57pm
  27. So sad. As a Mom, I can’t even imagine that.

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 4:57pm
  28. His family should be jailed, you can’t take a person out of hospital and let them die even if they are a homosexual, Wish people would stop with all this homophobic bullshit its making me lose faith in humanity

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 4:58pm
  29. Poor country rest in peace

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 4:58pm
  30. Let’s hope this family dies for they are a curse to the world.

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 4:59pm
  31. R.I.P :( and to family – you should be ashamed of your ignorances! this guy didn’t deserve treatment that he recieved from you!! :(

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 4:59pm
  32. This’s sooo sad.. The people that use their power to hurt others they can not be call human.. :( :(

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 4:59pm
  33. this is disgusting,a man dies for expressing his feelings wise up its not the dark ages 2014 ring a bell,

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 4:59pm
  34. :( R.I.P. :(

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 4:59pm
  35. Aw, so sorry

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 4:59pm
  36. All of the stories in that article are horrible

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 5:00pm
  37. This is why Cameroon will be just another land where no one wants to go. Rightfully so as we want to travel to places that respect us.

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 5:00pm
  38. cruel world, unbelievable

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 5:01pm
  39. :)

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 5:01pm
  40. :(

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 5:01pm
  41. Smh

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 5:01pm
  42. People who are this horrible to someone for saying they love someone else… I have no pity or sympathy for them. If this poor man’s family were to burn alive, I would shed no tears for them as human beings. Sick, despicable people.

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 5:03pm
  43. Who was paying attention to this guys text messages anyways

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 5:04pm
  44. how fuckin UNFAIR!!!im starting hating this World!!!

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 5:04pm
  45. R.I.P.

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 5:08pm
  46. What horrible people!

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 5:08pm
  47. RIP dear brother.

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 5:09pm
  48. Religious nut bags…

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 5:10pm
  49. this shouldn’t be happening!

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 5:11pm
  50. How sad! Loving someone – the ultimate! ESPECIALLY YOUR OWN CHILD.

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 5:11pm
  51. Hating someone who’s homosexual because its against YOUR religion, is like befriending someone for eating a brownie while YOUR on a diet.. Wtf? People make no sense. They’re cruel. And if anything, the family should be charged with AT LEAST manslaughter….

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 5:13pm
  52. I think you meant "de-friending."

    Replied on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 7:32pm
  53. ...Thanks..

    Replied on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 9:09pm
  54. It is very sad. We all have the power to not let this man’s death be in vain. We are all just one person but we can join eachother and get the word out. We can start a petition. His life ended too soon and under terrible circumstances. We can all express our sadness and disgust over what happened to him but they are merely words unless we go further and take action. Any ideas?

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 5:14pm
  55. SHARE, SHARE, SHARE AND COMBAT RELIGION AND BIGOTRY!

    Replied on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 8:46pm
  56. ……I really must say it this but it is the truth…a lot of african states including Cameroon are sooo far behind if it’s about homosexuality! It’s a shame! I know a couple who have spent their holidays in Kenya…one evening they went out for a drink. After two or three drinks they have kissed each other only one simple kiss on the lips…after this kiss they had to leave the bar immediately! They was forced to leave! Some of the local guys spit after them as they left the bar…can you imagine this?!!! -.-

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 5:15pm
  57. Wow! And this in the 21st century. Won’t be spending any money in Cameroon in this life.

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 5:15pm
  58. Wow. Sad

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 5:16pm
  59. God rest his soul xxx

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 5:18pm
  60. Sad

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 5:20pm
  61. Very sad!

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 5:21pm
  62. So sad…..

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 5:22pm
  63. how repolsive and disgusting! We are human beings searching for love!

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 5:23pm
  64. So terrible. In the meantime, I would give anything to have my son back. This “family” doesn’t know the meaning of the word.

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 5:24pm
  65. This is sad! Evangelism has gone too far in Africa.

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 5:26pm
  66. So sad, murdered by your own family by having needed medical attention denied

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 5:30pm
  67. Sad so sad

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 5:30pm
  68. To have such a horrible family to be against you to when the government is so behind in civil liberties that they can persecute you.

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 5:30pm
  69. What is fucking wrong with these people?

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 5:32pm
  70. South Africa Rocks baby, its freedom time! By the time other African countries catch on our president will be openly gay.

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 5:35pm
  71. That’s horrible

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 5:35pm
  72. I am so sick of disgustingly poorly educated brainwashed pieces of shit, I hate African mentalities. It broadcasts the lowest in human intelligence! I wont ever waste my money giving these people anything. If this is overly cruel, to damn bad!

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 5:36pm
  73. I hope he has found peace in the afterlife. May he be reunited with the one he loved there.

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 5:36pm
  74. Sick bigot fuck heads!

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 5:37pm
  75. RIP. So sad

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 5:37pm
  76. Outrageous, I hope his family are fucking proud of themselves. It’s hard enough in this world to be who you want to be but for your own family to not just turn their back on you but to have the authority to decide your fate is absolutely disgusting. And as for being locked up for an innocent text message of love, I’m appalled and disgusted. Change your attitude Cameroon, it’s 2014 not the fucking dark ages.

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 5:38pm
  77. Unbelievable

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 5:38pm
  78. That Is awful!

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 5:39pm
  79. Heart breaking

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 5:39pm
  80. That is sad..In this day and age..

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 5:42pm
  81. ….smh thats the dumbest thing ive ever heard you love who you love , your attracted to who your attracted to deal with it people

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 5:46pm
  82. wow….this is so unfortunate to read

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 5:47pm
  83. This is just appalling, why can’t people just love and never hate

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 5:48pm
  84. These son of a bi**s :/

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 5:48pm
  85. I just hope that one day they can see what they have done

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 5:50pm
  86. God will have his final judgement on the wicked.

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 5:52pm
  87. Superstition. When will they enter 2014.

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 5:52pm
  88. There all set in there ways, it’s wrong but what can you do.

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 5:53pm
  89. With a family like his who needs hate groups. Barbaric!

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 5:56pm
  90. REALLY ???????

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 5:56pm
  91. idk wat to say, every day something new against gay people. wat a shame. i find it more sad for the family who is clearly uneducated to believe he can get cured. hopefully god can forgive this family one day and cure them.

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 5:59pm
  92. RIP

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 5:59pm
  93. That poor man all because he fell inlove….May he rest in peace. May his family burn in hell

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 6:02pm
  94. Rest now brave soul….

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 6:02pm
  95. Wow this is a heartbreaking take! How could love bring about so much hate? This world needs help and the help it needs is a lesson in tolerance and compassion!

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 6:05pm
  96. The true Christian way!!! The vile, hateful religions of the world based on data from 2000+ years ago on information they could never hope to understand.

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 6:06pm
  97. shame on hate

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 6:08pm
  98. How sad not everyone is so ignorent as his parents!!

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 6:08pm
  99. This is a human rights abuse an a international law violation ! Where is the international court in The Hague ? Should not the life of this man have value? I say economic sanctions on this repressive regime!

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 6:09pm
  100. It is a ficking shame.

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 6:09pm
  101. Im tired of backward places with their own primitive ways. We should look to civilize these peoples through coercion and force if necessary like the removal of aid, diplomatic pressure and in public ,disdain in response to these laws. Our political leaders however lack the spine or compassion for them to do anything,

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 6:10pm
  102. So sad! God bless his soul and his family needs to be ashamed of themselves!

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 6:12pm
  103. This makes me so bloody angry !!!!!

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 6:13pm
  104. People of that narrow mindedness will be hit by karma. Evil!

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 6:16pm
  105. this is so unbelievably sad…

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 6:18pm
  106. I say to this man: Im sorry youre gone, but im happy you loved, despite the curse of ignorance your family was plagued with.”

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 6:22pm
  107. AWFUL!!!

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 6:23pm
  108. Its time for these african nation left all judgement to god,he says that he love he did not say hate,omg people rise out of your slumber the bible says thou shall not kill

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 6:26pm
  109. Blame Evangelical Christianity.

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 6:27pm
  110. Wow :- we are so fortunate here in the U.S. to be able to express love without legal repercussions.

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 6:29pm
  111. Such hatred and ignorance!

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 6:31pm
  112. So very sad. You can thank the fundamentalist filth, the evangelical effluvia from the U.S. for polluting, corrupting African social mores and creating such hostile environments for LGBT people. Unless the U.S. government starts prosecuting U.S. evangelicals for illegally lobbying and inserting themselves in politics in other nations, this can only get worse. The only good evangelical is a dead-silent evangelical.

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 6:37pm
  113. WOW!!!! :(

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 6:37pm
  114. Tragic!

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 6:40pm
  115. disgusting :( wish he’d moved with his boyfriend to the UK where they would have lived happily every after xxx

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 6:40pm
  116. So horribly sad for him; so pathetically disgusted with the Neanderthal law.

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 6:44pm
  117. People hate gay people for no real reason at all. They always use the stupid “god” & that retarded bible, if the bible didn’t exist nor religion, you bet your ass that many would’ve been accepting, religion does nothing but bad in the end, look at it, many people who are gay are being killed like the boy in Peru that got killed by stupid religious fucks just because he was gay. People are so full of shit hating someone just because of their orientation Or life choices. I feel so sad this man had to die just because he was in love w/ another man. I hope that the family dies for doing this to their son, poor man, he did nothing wrong. He was just in love. :(

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 6:45pm
  118. I know how he feels. I was disowned at 18 for coming out to my family.

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 6:47pm
  119. Sad

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 6:49pm
  120. Jim SeKoh I’m so ssorry that happened to you. I hope it all gets better for you.

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 6:49pm
  121. If it was any other minority group being persecuted in this manner as gays are currently in Africa, the Middle East, and Russia, the UN and allied forces would be there to stop it and to rescue the people and bring them to safety. Shame!

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 6:51pm
  122. So sad

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 6:52pm
  123. May he rip, now let their curse begin….God teaches the ignorant the hard way…

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 6:52pm
  124. they should be jailed for thinking this way to their kin.

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 6:54pm
  125. That is heartbreaking:(

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 6:58pm
  126. RIP beautiful man.

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 6:58pm
  127. We are nobody to judge everyone is going to answer to god. For what they choose to be.

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 6:59pm
  128. Am I the only one in tears from reading this story? :’( this made my heart hurt. His relatives did this to him. They don’t deserve to be known as parents, I can’t believe they would do this to their son. Heartless bastards

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 7:05pm
  129. so sad some people have a big mouth

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 7:05pm
  130. When will they reach bottom and realize all people should have equal rights and protections?

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 7:07pm
  131. his only crime for being in jail was loving someone –now thats a crime

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 7:08pm
  132. :( :( :(

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 7:08pm
  133. Criminal savagery

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 7:09pm
  134. omg…his family r monsters…

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 7:22pm
  135. Kind of makes a statement doesn’t it?? Very sad!!!

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 7:26pm
  136. so very sad

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 7:26pm
  137. Where the fuck is amnesty in this?

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 7:27pm
  138. This story made headlines but there are thousands out there right now suffering from homophobia, racism , and poverty. It really is time to express kindness and love for one another regardless of race gender sexual orientation etc.

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 7:29pm
  139. Love to the man in Cameroon.

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 7:36pm
  140. That’s, disgusting!!

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 7:39pm
  141. awwwwww move here to the USA….despite a few asshole bigots……we love everybody!!!!!!

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 7:41pm
  142. Why isn’t the Human Rights Campaign doing something to get involved? As far as I am concerned we as a community need to start standing up for brothers and sisters through out the world. Time to educate and fight against the evil that is killing our brother and sisters.

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 8:11pm
  143. Sad, sad, sad….. :(

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 8:11pm
  144. His parents are so wrong and cruel and he being gay is not a crime to me.so he loved another man and he have never been in jail for it.it is sad and parents like this man need understand that they are still their kids no matter who they are

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 8:14pm
  145. Terrible. :(

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 8:16pm
  146. So sad

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 8:18pm
  147. Poor guy!

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 8:18pm
  148. so sorry RIP , people are really strange , what is wrong with adult love? SAD

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 8:24pm
  149. How sad when the words “I love you” can cause this.

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 8:34pm
  150. This is the reason I will never visit Africa.

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 8:34pm
  151. THAT IS THE POWER OF IGNORANCE AND STUPIDITY FORTIFIED BY RELIGIOUS BELIEFS IN ALL ITS GLORIOUS EXPRESSION. SUPPORT EDUCATION, COMMON SENSE AND COMBAT RELIGION AND THINGS WILL CHANGE. FOR THIS YOUNG MAN IT IS TOO LATE… SHAME ON CAMEROON AND HIS FAMILY!!!!

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 8:40pm
  152. We should thank gay people for being gay. They’re bringing down the earth’s population. Think of it as divine intelligence taking care of business. The world would be a much worse place if it weren’t for gays.

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 8:46pm
  153. I DETEST RELIGION!!!

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 8:48pm
  154. what à shame

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 8:54pm
  155. It is pathetic that any family can feel that way.

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 9:06pm
  156. So sad that a man has to die for loving another human being shameful

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 9:13pm
  157. Cameroon in the dark ages ..

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 9:22pm
  158. I hate people sometimes.

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 9:28pm
  159. Horrifying.

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 9:36pm
  160. To those who say its a choice….. Would you choose this?

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 9:39pm
  161. Safe with God now, he will not have to fear those hateful people anymore

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 9:50pm
  162. I don’t know why people are bothering reading things like this. Look where this man is. Consider, also, the climate gays live in, in other places in the world where they are persecuted for being gay. These places aren’t exactly known for their human rights achievements. Most places that persecute gays, also are in financial disaster, their government’s corrupt, and their life expectancy is terribly short. Most of these places could disappear from the earth, and the remaining population would be better for it. When we stop judging people based on race, sexual orientation, and other trivial reasons, THEN we will advance as a human race. Until then, those countries don’t deserve our assistance, whether it be financial, disaster relief, or otherwise.

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 9:50pm
  163. Terrible.

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 9:52pm
  164. Totally fucked up country

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 10:09pm
  165. people can be so heartless sometimes he was only human

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 10:22pm
  166. Sick family!

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 10:32pm
  167. very sad :(

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 10:37pm
  168. Humankind needs an asteroid. they are such a bunch of lying hateful and deceitful people who are not your friend. I am gay and I HATE it, there is nobody to talk to. so I think they should all perish and take their vain crap with them.

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 10:45pm
  169. So SAD!

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 10:50pm
  170. His family and his country are ignorant and evil! All the more reason WE need to go forward since so many others are going backwards! Let’s cancel them out!

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 11:00pm
  171. What a shame, will the judging and hate ever end. Bless his his Heart.

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 11:00pm
  172. Hello United nations????? WTF.

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 11:02pm
  173. This hurts my heart.

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 11:20pm
  174. I know its not perfect but I am grateful to live in WA State (USA) where I am allowed to marry the man I love. RIP Roger your courage is an inspiration and I hope your death will not be in vain for others in Cameroon…

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 11:23pm
  175. So sad.

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 11:35pm