Africa weekly brief August 12

Updated: Aug 29


Skakiro, a transgender from Cameroon was beaten up by a violent mob this week in Douala. Homosexuality is outlawed in that country. Photo: screenshot from her Youtube Channel

Cameroon

A transgender was beaten up by a group of men in Douala.

Loic Njeukam, known as Shakiro is a famous social media influencer who was arrested and sentenced to five years of imprisonment last April, with the accusation of "attempted Homosexuality". She was released In July following a legal battle and the pressure of the international community.

Since then she was hidden in her house, according to a declaration made to a journalist of Deutsche Welle. But nature is sovereign and her right to freedom as well. So she resumed her social life.

But a furious crowd of homophobic did not agreed with her.

On a video shared on Social media, Shakiro can be seen being beaten up and her clothes torn apart by a violent mob.

In Cameroon, Homosexuality is outlawed and the LGBT community lives in fear.


Olympic games. Japan

The 2020 Olympic games in Tokyo are over and some good performances were executed by African athletes.

Kenya brought back 10 medals at home, among which 4 gold, followed by Egypt with 6 wins, then Ethiopia and Uganda, each of them collecting 4 plaques.

Overall, athletes from the continent collected 41 medals and one world record from the South-African swimmer Tatjana Schoenmake, who won the race with a time of 2:18.95, breaking a world record that had been held by Pedersen of Denmark since 2013.


Nigeria

Good news coming from Nigeria concerns a young girl part of the so-called Chibok girls who were kidnapped back in 2014 by Boko Haram. Her name is Ruth Pogu and she surrendered to the Nigerian authorities, together with her husband who belonged to the terrorist group. They have two children. According to reports, she will be in a rehabilitation and reintegration program.


Kenya

Civil servants are summoned to get the Covid-19 vaccine.

Those who fail to comply will face disciplinary measures. The Head of public head service Joshua Kenyu voiced his concerns about absenteeism at work, related to the fact that only vaccinated front liners can access workplaces.

The Covid vaccine is now mandatory across the world, with the anti vax left with no other choice than take to the street, remain locked down in their house, or simply get the jab.


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