Cameroon: Police arrest 12 teens on homosexuality charges

Feb. 11, 2021, will remain unforgettable for 12 boys arrested and taken to the Nkolbikone police station after they were spotted kissing each other near the Grand Palace Restaurant in Bertoua. Among the patrons at the restaurant was the top official (prefect) of the Lom and Djerem department, which has Bertoua as its capital. The youths had gathered in Bertoua for a Youth Day fair organized by the Adventist College of Bertoua. Four of them had come from Douala in coastal Cameroon to take part in the festivities. After patrons of the restaurant saw the boys kissing, a police squad seized the youths and took them to the police station, where they were beaten.