Gambia President Doesn’t Want Your Gay Aid


Gambia President Yahya Jammeh has said that while he is president he won’t take money from foreign donors hoping to push a so-called gay agenda on the country.

In a speech made Saturday at the opening of the country’s Parliament in Banjul, Jammeh criticized calls from President Barack Obama and British PM David Cameron that countries receiving foreign aid should be subject to LGBT rights-inclusive human rights standards.

The Africa Review quotes Jammeh as saying:

“If you are to give us aid for men and men or for women and women to marry, leave it. We don’t need your aid because as far as I am the president of the Gambia, you will never see that happen in this country,”

“We do not need your aid money. You can keep it. We will not encourage ungodly vices alien to our culture. As long as I’m the president of this country, there will be no gay rights. Homosexuality is forbidden in this country.”

Jammeh closed out his comments by adding, “Let me make it very clear that … you will not bribe me to do what is evil and ungodly.”

This kind of rhetoric is not uncommon among anti-gay nations. Uganda has, for instance, previously said it will not be “bullied” into accepting gay rights through cuts to aid, however no nation that has vociferously protested these demands has yet refused aid donations.

President Jammeh in 2008 called for the beheading of gay people. He later retracted this threat but has since repeated similarly overtly hostile messaging about gay citizens and recently seems to have once again ratcheted up his anti-gay language.

Gambia currently criminalizes gay people under Article 144 of the Criminal Code. Those convicted can be punished with up to 14 years in prison, though the full penalty is rarely meted out.

Recently a number of people were arrested in Gambia under “suspicion” of homosexuality. You can read more on that here.


Related Reading:

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Historic UN LGBT Rights Session Sees Walkout

Cameroon Reportedly Prosecuting 3 Women for Being Lesbians


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Jennifer S.
Jennifer S.3 years ago

I hate to say it but we should not give them any money and neither should any other western country. What a horrible thing to do to people. Disgusting. But you cannot change hateful people.

Abbe A.
Azaima A.3 years ago

oh please

Beth M.
Beth M.3 years ago

What's the problem? Keep the money in America and the UK!

Andrew Carvin
Andrew Carvin3 years ago

I made a video about why Homosexuals should have equal rights. It’s at my YouTube channel Zarrakan, and here’s the link:

Watch it, share it, and join the fight against the evil Homophobes.

Duane B.
.3 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

KS Goh
KS Goh3 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Rhonda B.
Rhonda B.3 years ago

Fine, no aid to Gambia at least not any the government can get its hands on. Take their aid and give it to the nearest country without anti-gay laws so the Gambians can see what happens to countries that try to destroy people they disagree with. Drop some food into poor areas, however. It's not their fault they have a dictator.

Lauren B.

Just where we were a few years ago...change will come from within the country eventually. Until then, scary.

Richard T.
Richard T.3 years ago

Thank you!

Mari Garcia
Mari Garcia3 years ago

good, lets use that money to help make jobs in this country. we need to stop aiding any country that oppresses any group of people!