Alice & Eric / Cameroon
Eric (in the picture held by his sister Alice) was an outspoken campaigner for LGBT rights in Cameroon and critical of state sponsored discrimination. Although Eric was never openly gay there was gossip in his family. Eric was murdered on the weekend of July 15/16, 2013. Eric had been brutally tortured. His legs, arms, and neck were broken. He had burns on his body from an iron. The corners of his mouth were sliced, his eyes had been gouged out, as had his tongue. After his death she also received threats. One SMS said “You will die like your fag brother”. Alice wrote about Eric’s death:
“The death of Eric (little brother) is a death in our family, it also killed our mother because since the tragedy, the poor woman developed hypotension. We are left to ourselves (brothers, sisters, nephews, nieces). Imagine a pillar of the family goes without farewell or a trace, words cannot express the pain that I carry in my heart, how can we console our mother? What can we say to the children?
I think one day Cameroonian justice will do its job, that is to say, find the killers of Lembembe Ohena Eric.”