Cameroon: Lesbian love affair ends in death, but who was the killer?

After a lesbian love affair in Cameroon turned fatal, police are investigating whether the killer was the dead woman’s lover or an angry brother.

From the African Human Rights Media Network

Street view in Bertoua, Cameroon. (Photo courtesy of Journal du Cameroun)

By Courtney Stans

The drama unfolded on July 30 in the city of Bertoua in eastern  Cameroon when two young lesbians met in private at a family home.

The women, identified here by the pseudonyms Jopa and Hifa, had been together romantically for quite a while without any disruptions.

They met on July 30 in Hifa’s room where she lived with her family.

Observers from the LGBT advocacy group 2HRC have been told two versions of what happened next.

In one version, Hifa’s older brother surprised the couple while they were having sex. Outraged, he beat Jopa to death.

In a second version, Hifa and Jopa got into a heated argument that ended with Hifa killing Jopa.

The death was reported to Bertoua police, who went to the family home and arrested Hifa. She currently remains in police custody.

Police are now investigating to learn how Jopa was killed.

Courtney Stans, the author of this article, is a Cameroonian journalist who writes under a pseudonym. Contact her at [email protected].