News Brief

Columbus Police Will Not Investigate Rahma Warsame's Attack As a Hate Crime

Ohio police have determined that they will not investigate the brutal attack of a Somali-American woman, Rahma Warsame, as a hate crime.

DIASPORA—The Columbus, Ohio police division have determined that they will not investigate the brutal attack of a Somali-American woman, Rahma Warsame, as a hate crime, despite intense urging from local activist group Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).

CAIR released a statement over the weekend, reporting Warsame's assault, in which she sustained several injuries. The group urged that the incident be investigated as a hate crime, as it was believed to have occurred after Warsmae stepped in to defend a fellow Muslim woman who was being racially harassed by a white supremacist. There was no arrest made at the time.

Yesterday, the Columbus police department released a statement in which they cited a lack  of sufficient evidence and conflicting stories, stating that officers responded to reports of child abuse and a possible kidnapping on Saturday.

According to the police report, "there is no evidence at this time suggesting that the incident involved any type of bias which would constitute the incident being tried as a hate crime."

News Brief

Cameroon's LGBT Community is Facing Increasing Persecution

A recent report by Human Rights Watch has highlighted, with tremendous concern, the increasing persecution being faced by the LGBT community in Cameroon.

There are significant concerns over human rights abuses in Cameroon, according to a report shared by Human Rights Watch (HRW). The campaign group has highlighted the rising persecution of members of the Cameroonian LGBT community which have been documented over the past few months. Security forces in the country have been accused of threatening, assaulting and arresting queer individuals.

Keep reading... Show less

get okayafrica in your inbox


Toka Hlongwane’s Photo Series ‘Impilo ka Darkie’ Aims to Give an Insight Into Black South Africans’ Experiences

With his latest photo series, 'Impilo ka Darkie', South African photographer Toka Hlongwane offers an imperfect but compelling insight into the lives of the people he has encountered through his travels.