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Gambia: President Yahya Jammeh calls homosexuals ‘vermin’

Gambian President Yahya Jammeh speaks at the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly on September 24, 2013 in New York City. Over 120 prime ministers, presidents and monarchs are gathering this week at the U.N. for the annual meeting
Gambian President Yahya Jammeh speaks at the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly on September 24, 2013 in New York City. Over 120 prime ministers, presidents and monarchs are gathering this week at the U.N. for the annual meeting
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Gambia's President Yahya Jammeh believes gays are a threat to humanity and has vowed to fight against homosexuality in his country. According to Reuters on Feb. 18, Jammeh once again demonstrated how much he is against homosexuality when he compared gays to “vermin”.

As homosexuality is illegal in 37 African countries, Jemmeh said his government would fight to become the next. To him, gays are not human in his comparison to them as “vermin.”

“We will fight these vermins called homosexuals or gays the same way we are fighting malaria-causing mosquitoes, if not more aggressively.”

Recently, the African countries of Nigeria and Uganda have advanced measures to outlaw homosexual acts. If live for the LGBT community in those countries wasn’t bad enough, they became worse with imprisonment being heightened in both countries with more strict laws.

Jammeh wants Gambia to be the next country to enforce such laws. Despite the threat from Britain and other Western nations to cut aid to governments that pass anti-gay laws, the Gambian president said his country would not yield to pressure from outside countries and would also not accept friendship “aid or any other gesture that is conditional on accepting homosexuals or LGBT.”

A man who executed a number of prisoners in 2012 and a leader of a country known for its poor human rights record and relations, Yahya Jammeh believes it is the gays who are “detrimental to human existence.”

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