Uganda: As AIDS worsens, archbishop is an obstacle


The Rev. Canon Albert Ogle, who fought AIDS in Uganda in the 1990s and then saw it rebound in recent years, returned there recently to work on developing a gay-straight health-care alliance to continue the fight.  He made progress, but the homophobic Church of Uganda  continues to give higher priority to demonizing homosexuals than to comforting the afflicted, as this account of his run-in with former Archbishop Henry Orombi shows:

Thirteen years later, I found myself back in Kampala to support the work of Bishop Christopher Senyonjo, who is the only Anglican bishop in Uganda who has opposed the Bahati bill [the Anti-Homosexuality Bill, also known as the “Kill the Gays” bill] and gives counseling and services to the LGBT community.

Despite church sanctions, he continues to offer an inclusive and alternative narrative to the whole community and has built up an interesting gay/straight alliance for people who work together…

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About Mercy

Mercy is a public health and humanitarian practitioner, strategist and community educator and mobilizer, blogger, HIV/AIDS and Social Justice/Human Rights Activist who is courageously advocating for the Dignity, Health Equity and non-discrimination of all Marginalized and Vulnerable Social Groups by fighting the prevalent HIV, the widespread Homophobia and other forms of socio-economic exclusions/injustice in Ethiopia. He is also the co-founder and director of the pioneer; Rainbow-Ethiopia Health and Human Rights Initiative, the one and only LGBTI Health and Human rights organization in Ethiopia Please feel free to Contact him at: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Posted on May 10, 2013, in African LGBTI News. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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