On Sep 23, 2016 Deutsche Welle wrote an article of which this is an excerpt:
Michael, 24, is from Cameroon. He is tall and with an athletic posture but he seems reserved and worried. Under normal circumstances Michael would have been considered an economic migrant; Cameroon is not at war and is not considered a failed state, yet if he returns his life is under threat.
As a university student Michael became involved with a human rights association that focuses a on LGBTQI issues.
“I had to leave Cameroon because of my sexual orientation; if I go back I may even face the death penalty. All I need is protection, nothing else. I do not care about the country that I will end up I just don’t want to return to my country because if I do, I am a dead man,” Michael told DW..
Homosexuality has been illegal in Cameroon since 1972 when a presidential decree came into force.
“It is impossible for Greece to send someone from Cameroon back; it is dangerous. If someone who has fled Cameroon is caught at the airport, they could be arrested, face prosecution, be tortured and so on. Someone who is a homosexual doesn’t stand any chance,” Dr Barbara Harrel-Bond, a legal anthropologist and founder of the Refugee Studies Center at Oxford University, told DW.