“If you do it [in the Gambia] I will slit your throat — if you are a man and want to marry another man in this country and we catch you, no one will ever set eyes on you again, and no white person can do anything about it.” – Gambian president Yahya Jammeh, in a speech about fostering a healthy environment for the youth of his nation. Last September, Gambia enacted a life sentence for those convicted of homosexuality. In December the United States dropped Gambia from its free trade agreements with African nations. Jammeh seized power 21 years ago in a bloodless military coup. He is a follower of the Sunni sect of Islam.