Mob Rounds Up and Brutally Beats 14 Men to “Cleanse” Neighborhood of Gays

Homophobia in Africa has been growing at an alarming pace in recent years.

In January, The Higher Learning reported on Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni refusing to approve a law passed by the Ugandan parliament that would have made homosexuality punishable by life in prison.

Abuja, Nigeria (Photo: Nigerian Association of Utah)

Earlier today (1/15/2014), human rights’ activists from the International Center on Advocacy for the Right to Health (CARH) reported the savage beating of 14 men in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja.

On Thursday (1/13/2014), Ifeanyi Orazulike, who works for the CARH, received a panicked e-mail from a colleague.

In the e-mail, the colleague (who’s name was not released) said he was hiding from a mob of about 40 men armed with wooden clubs and iron bars.

He sad that the mob started going door-to-door around 1 a.m., pulling suspected homosexual men from their homes, beating them and threatening death if they were to return to the neighborhood.

Demostrators in NYC protest against Nigerian homophobia (Photo: Sahara Reporters)
Demostrators in NYC protest against Nigerian homophobia (Photo: Sahara Reporters)

In May of last year, Nigeria passed the Same-Sex Marriage Prohibition Act, first proposed in 2006.

This law doesn’t seem very severe compared to the proposed Ugandan legislation. Critics, however, say it only serves to encourage and embolden attacks like the one on Thursday, citing Nigeria’s long history of mob justice.

Read the full story from the AP here.

Feature image courtesy of Huffington Post.

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