Photo: Cameroonian attorney Alice N'Kom who is defending Esther and Pascaline.UPDATE: We did it! In just few hours, we raised the $5,000 needed to defend Esther and Pascaline, and put them in a safe place.
Posted: Tuesday, March 13th
This Thursday, Esther and Pascaline will go in front of the judge. Their crime? Lesbianism. A few weeks ago a man in Ambam, their small town in Cameroon, went to the police and "denounced" them as lesbians. Overnight, they lost their jobs, and the entire town branded them as "witches that deserve death".
They can no longer walk outside in the streets without being recognized and threatened: their lives are in danger and they need our help. Two courageous lawyers, including our friend and supporter Alice N'Kom, are willing to defend Esther and Pascaline in court and to make sure they find safe housing out of town.
Just 5,000 US dollars (3,800 euros) is enough to cover travel costs and legal fees, with a little money left over to support Esther and Pascaline while they try to turn their lives around.
Without our support, it could take months to gather the money - but Esther and Pascaline can't wait that long. If we all chip in just few dollars each, we can give Esther and Pascaline a legal defense, and hope for their futures. The trial begins this Thursday, in just 2 days. If you can, please contribute now. We don't have a moment to lose.