Metro Weekly

Gambian Minister: We won’t accept “Satanic” gays in return for foreign aid

“[We make it clear to] any outside bloc that wants to impose acceptance of homosexuals as a pre-condition for aid that we will never accept that conditionality no matter how much aid is involved.”


–Gambian Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs Bala Garba Jahumpa, speaking in a televised address, as reported by Gambian Affairs. Jahumpa has rejected dialogue with the European Union or any other nation or organization which seeks better treatment of Gambia’s LGBT population as part of discussions on aid provisions. He called homosexuality “Satanic” and described it as “detrimental to human existence” in his speech.

“As an independent Muslim country, we will not be tied to any bloc that promotes decadence and ungodly behavior that are not only Satanic, but they are also detrimental to human existence, such as homosexuality,” Jahumpa said. “In fact, homosexuality has no place in our African heritage more so our Islamic values.”

Jahumpa’s speech follows international outcry from human rights organizations after Gambian President Yahya Jammeh signed into law a bill which mandates life sentences for “aggravated homosexuality.” The Gambian law seeks to punish those who engage in consensual relationships with a person of the same sex, putting sex acts on a par with pedophilia, incestuous sexual abuse, and the deliberate passing of HIV to an unknowing partner.

Image Credit: U.S. Mission Geneva / Eric Bridiers (Flickr)

Support Metro Weekly’s Journalism

These are challenging times for news organizations. And yet it’s crucial we stay active and provide vital resources and information to both our local readers and the world. So won’t you please take a moment and consider supporting Metro Weekly with a membership? For as little as $5 a month, you can help ensure Metro Weekly magazine and remain free, viable resources as we provide the best, most diverse, culturally-resonant LGBTQ coverage in both the D.C. region and around the world. Memberships come with exclusive perks and discounts, your own personal digital delivery of each week’s magazine (and an archive), access to our Member's Lounge when it launches this fall, and exclusive members-only items like Metro Weekly Membership Mugs and Tote Bags! Check out all our membership levels here and please join us today!

Rhuaridh Marr is Metro Weekly's online editor. He can be reached at

Leave a Comment:

Support Metro Weekly's

LGBTQ Journalism

For as Little as $1.15 a Week

Like What You're Reading?

Get Metro Weekly's Daily Email