Gay Prostitution Hits Streets of Addis Ababa

An Ethiopian Amharic news paper equated pedophilia/rape and male sex work with homosexuality and blame homosexuals for rape/molestation of teenage and the wide spread of HIV/AIDS in Ethiopia.

Last week “Yegna Press” a weekly Amharic Newspaper published a very sensational and provocative article to warn the public about the growing trend of homosexual activity in Ethiopia. The article equated pedophilia/rape and male sex work with homosexuality and blame homosexuals for rape/molestation of teen agers and the wide spread of HIV/AIDS in Ethiopia. The article shows the newspaper non sense editorial policy and unethical practice of journalism.

Please read the translated piece of the article as follow:

“Although male prostitutes have been working underground for years, seeking wealthy gay men wanting a quick liaison they have now become more open, moving into nightclubs, bars and streets of Addis Ababa seeking clients rather than hiding in the dark. Addis Ababa is strangely stormed by Young and Teenage Homosexual Male Prostitutes”

Similarly, an Amharic documentary film which exposed the satanic 666 actions of homosexuals in Ethiopia will be released next week….according to the producer, the film is full of personal experiences and testimonials of ex-homosexuals who practiced same sex from 7 to 32 years; they also explain their tactics on how they dress, act, attract and recruit other youth and children to promote their filthy life style and spread the dirty western culture of homosexuality in Ethiopia. Thanks to some concerned Ethiopian they are now cured by prayer and counselling of some religious counselling organizations and they want to be a witness and a role model as ex-homosexual for the others to follow their foot step and seek prayer and support to be free from the evil spirit of homosexuality.”


Last year, this newspaper published the same sensationalized and warning article about gay ‘infestation’ in Ethiopia and alleges the United States and Europe are plotting to export, spread and promote homosexuality in Ethiopia.

“Ethiopia is an exceptionally conservative Christian and Muslim country with enormous religious influence. Publishing and producing these kind of provocative and hatred news and documentary films only highly fuel the already flaming homophobia and incite mob violence on the LGBTI community, Rainbow Ethiopia HIV and Social Support Services oppose those pedophiles who molester/rape young children and those who involved in Vulgar sexual behaviors, and we are ready to closely work and discuss with concerned local stakeholders to address the misconception and false propaganda of confusing consenting adult homosexuality with pedophilia. We completely denounce such provocative and confusing news and documentary films and we urgently request the newspaper editor to do appropriate research and follow the ethical practice of journalism before publishing the sensitive issues of homosexuality in Ethiopia” Mercy director of Rainbow-Ethiopia


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 June 26, 2013, in African LGBTI News, Ethiopian LGBTI Community, LGBTI Human Rights in Ethiopia, MSM and HIV in Ethiopia, Rainbow-Ethiopia Updates and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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