Please help pregnant raped lesbian Abigail

I'm raising money to help Abigail, a raped pregnant lesbian, prepare for the arrival of her baby and relaunch her small business in Cameroon.  Donations will reach her via the Saint Paul's Foundation for International Reconciliation.

Abigail is four months pregnant, carrying a child conceived late last year when three young men insulted her for being a lesbian, then raped her.

Before the rape, Abigail, 28, had been living peaceably in Cameroon, Central Africa, with her partner, Isabelle, 24, supporting herself with a small business selling fruits, candies, cookies and cigarettes.

Abigail’s troubles began when she was returning home from work at around 8 p.m. on Dec. 28, 2020.  Three young men whom she did not know blocked her way and insulted her with derogatory terms for lesbians.

They knocked her to the ground and dragged her to an abandoned house at the end of the street, where they stripped her and raped her in turn, using no protection. They stole her wallet and phone before they abandoned her, naked.

After a few hours spent in agony in the vacant building, she made her way home. Isabelle quickly took her to a health center where she was given post-exposure HIV treatment.

Abigail complained to police, who investigated the rape but failed to identify any of the rapists.

Several weeks later, Abigail discovered that she was pregnant. She tried to get an abortion even though abortion is illegal in Cameroon. It was unsuccessful. The doctor warned her that if she tried again it could kill her.

She has reconciled herself to having the baby and taking care of it, but she is worried about how to pay the expenses of pre-natal care and of raising a child.

She had to abandon her business and use funds from it to pay for first aid and other medical treatment after she was raped. That depleted her business inventory.

Now she hopes to resume selling her wares. To rebuild her inventory of fruits, candies, cookies and cigarettes, she needs 200,000 CFA francs (about US $370).

For obstetric care and to prepare for the arrival of the baby, she needs 300,000 CFA francs (about US $550).

Thanks in advance for your contribution to this cause.

Click here  for more information about the St. Paul's Foundation for International Reconciliation, which supports advocacy journalism and related projects on behalf of LGBTQ equality and acceptance in Africa, the Caribbean and worldwide.

Organizer

Colin Stewart 
Organizer
Laguna Niguel, CA
Saint Paul's Foundation for International Reconciliation 
Registered nonprofit
Donations are typically 100% tax deductible in the US.

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