Rainbow in Uganda, but in Africa blows homophobia

"Reprisal attacks by Robert Mugabe's Militias", Zimbabwe
Sokwanele – Zimbabwe ( CC )

Still echo the words of Archbishop African  Desmond Tutu, that it would be better to end up in hell where everyone can love each other rather than in the paradise of God a homophobe ( The great hummingbird ). Words that, not surprisingly, coming from a man’s symbol of the entire African continent. But also echo the words of Robert Mugabe , newly re-elected president of Zimbabwe 

 : “Homosexuals are worse than pigs, goats and birds. We should take two men, shut them up in a house for five years and tell him you need to do two children: if we do not succeed, we will cut the head “

Robert Mugabe , newly re-elected president of Zimbabwe  ( Newsday ). Words that, not surprisingly, coming from a man’s symbol of the entire African continent. A demonstration of how complex and contradictory the situation.

So it is that in Uganda  , the country in which the bill to increase the penalties against homosexuals and their friends everyone agrees on for years without ever coming to light, there is an effective Pride without incident. The current penal code provides long detentions for gays, political and religious invoke for them the death penalty and in the meantime a hundred LGBT activists march in Entebbe, on the sandy shores of Lake Victoria, with rainbow flags, wigs and stilettos without the police have to intervene and perform a stop mass, as happened during a similar event last year in the capital Kampala. Discrimination are many heavy, but says the militant Kelly Mukwano with Voice of America , ” is really an exaggeration to say that Uganda is the worst place to be gay . ” It is not however the case for optimism: it is only two and half years since the murder of gay activist David Kato and news from the African country continue to be almost always terrible, like the great hummingbird has documented several times.

Meanwhile, in the last days in Cameroon   was murdered a homosexual activist, journalist Eric Lembembe, while an angry mob, as reported in O-blog-dee-o-blog-da , would he ended up a gay guy of 33 years found by his wife with her ​​lover of 25 years: the latter would end up in prison, while none of the killers would be risking an indictment. The situation is so dangerous that the local LGBT groups have decided to suspend their activities and collaboration with the plans for the prevention of HIV (
Meanwhile in Nigeria   is doing discuss the confession of the Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Alhaji Kabiru Tanimu Turaki: the Nigerian federal government would receive strong and repeated pressure from unidentified foreign states that were granted the right to marriage for same-sex couples, but he fiercely rejected any attempt at interference ( Nigerian Tribune ). The whole story, somewhat unlikely, it seems a lie mounted to woo religious leaders, and in particular the Christian Association of Nigeria, which continues to demand the resignation of Olugbenga Ashiru, Foreign Minister guilty of having said that ” if they are sent in Nigeria diplomatic married to a person of the same sex, we have no choice but to credit them “( ThisDay ).
Nigerian Christians But perhaps would do better to think, rather than what happens in the bedrooms of foreign embassies, to what happens in their churches. In Benin City, the Pentecostal pastor Phillip Ogbebor has been arrested after a man reported him for having sex with his son the priest confessed to having convinced the young man, who was fifteen, simulating the fake magic rites able to cause the death as soon as he revealed the secret ( Osun Defender ). Unfortunately, if the allegation of facts like these is correct, it should be noted that the press of many African countries homosexuals appear only when they are involved in stories of exploitation and sexual violence …
The great hummingbird ) is demonstrated exemplarily an article published in Ghana   under the title: “Sexual Crimes, street violence and corruption in the Ghanaian society: homosexuality and sexual violence” ( GhanaWeb ).The editor, which has expanded its own article written in 2011, collects news stories that, he said, would show how homosexuality leads to an increase in cases of child abuse and rape, induce teens to engage in prostitution on the Internet, causing epidemics of sexually transmitted diseases. And, so as not to miss anything, here is a quote from a doctor that nationalist refugees and expatriates from other countries could lead to a doubling of cases of HIV, gonorrhea, syphilis and evenhypertension ( Joy Online ). In short, the only pressure that does not seem to get is that the international community …
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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: rainbow-ethiopia@mail.com Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Posted on August 6, 2013, in African LGBTI News, World LGBTI News and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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