Thursday, February 20, 2014
Homosexuals have been branded “vermin” by an African president
The comments came from Yahya Jammeh, president of Gambia, who said that his government would tackle gays in the same way it fights malaria-causing mosquitoes. It comes amid a renewed crackdown on same-sex relationships in Africa, where homosexuality is illegal in 37 countries. In recent months, Nigeria has outlawed same-sex relationships and Uganda has voted for life imprisonment for some homosexual acts. Jammeh said that his country would defend its sovereignty and Islamic beliefs, and not yield to outside pressure on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) issues. He also said that as far as he was concerned, LGBT can only stand for Leprosy, Gonorrhoea, Bacteria and Tuberculosis; all of which are detrimental to human existence.