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You don’t have the right to hate, stop homophobia in Africa!!!


     My human rights day digression

 Doing a bit of research on the situation of homosexuality in Africa , I came across some shocking data: it’s illegal in many countries to have a relationships  with someone from the same sex. Yes it is considered as a crime & severely punished in several african countries . I couldn’t believe it, especially when rapists are hardly punished in many of these same countries. People view that intolerance towards the LGBTI community as a way of respecting their religious beliefs whether Muslims or Christians. Who are you to judge your fellow human brother or sister because of his/her sexual orientation? Why do the same people who willfully practice adultery or fornication – sex out of wedlock- are eager to point a finger towards those whose only crime is to love differently. I have read several interesting articles on homosexuality in Africa,  & it will enlighten you a lot on that issue.

 The extreme reactions of President Yaya Jammeh of Gambia who threatened to behead gays in the Gambia as well as sack any homosexual serving in the army really shocked me. Wasn’t that a way of feeding some violent behavior towards these communities? From my understanding the Presidents’ primary motivation was to condone the sex tourism raging in the country which involves pedophiles which are different from homosexuals. But he went too far with his death threats. And I do condone the fact that beaches of Zanzibar , Mombasa or Banjul are favored by westerners for sexual tourism. But where are the laws banning such behaviors?  I haven’t heard any African Head of State stand firmly against that kind of abuses.The reaction of the Tanzanian doctor who  clearly stated that Aids was the result of an “un African lifestysle” blaming clearly homosexuals for the spreading of it & the recent developpement in Uganda have reactivated the debate on the radicalization towards homosexual community on our continent . Even to be homofriendly could be considered as a crime in Uganda.By the way , in recent studies it has been proved that heterosexual married are the most infected these last years in Africa  & guess who is bringing Aids home? Mr Homophobic for sure. Given all the issues we are facing in Africa, such as access to decent medical treatment, water & electricity as well as education, I don’t really see the relevance of legislating against basic human freedom of Loving who you want.

 I do respect your right to disagree or dislike the lifestyle of people who love differently from you but I don’t think it is being a good Muslim or a good Christian to openly support hateful behavior. How does that affect your life? You are just consumed with the fear of difference the same way KKK feared black people & the Nazi started exterminating all those who didn’t fit in their genetics development plans. Remember? Concentration camps were also holiday camps for black people & homosexuals . Just in case you forgot. I am a Muslim but i don’t take the right to judge my fellow people in God’s name. I can hear you thinking aloud  » Abomination » & honestly do you have the spiritual license to qualify what is a sin & what isn’t sinful? Human rights day you said. How many African human right activists are homophobic? You fight for the dignity of all human beings , even those who chose to love people from the same sex. Isn’t it? My cousin L. reacted saying «children should be spared by such people ». To be a homosexual is rarely conscious choice. Believe me! it’s not a disease nor a sickness. You just love differently. But the love is just the same. I just hate the sentence  » it’s not normal ». Is it the norm for a man to have kids & not take care of them? Is it normal for a woman to have a child from another man while married? Is it normal for an 8 year old to work instead of going to school? Does anything that pushes you out of your comfort zone should be labeled abnormal? You tell me! Our fight should be against all discriminations & not just the classic & easy Black against white. We Africans can be so hypocrites. None of those who stand against homosexuality stand against rapes. How many African lesbians have been raped to be given a lesson a contracted STD’s? Is that a normal reaction? We claim with no prior anthropological knowledge that Homosexuality is anti- African. Please, do your research before becoming a hate preacher. And bear in mind that I am not forcing you to accept anything, but at least don’t stigmatize or hate others just because they live differently from you. Would you stop loving your brother or sister or even your child if they made that choice of life? My conclusion is borrowed to my friend Raymond who simply said  » Live & let live ». So mind your own business, let’s concentrate on electricity & water shorter among other problems & give a break to people in love regardless of their sex.

© Naboulove.


In loving memories of those we have lost & to those who struggle everyday…

When in the mid 80’s the phenomenon of AIDS started getting an exposure, homosexuals have been unfairly stigmatized as possible vectors of the Sexually Transmitted Disease. The sad evolution of the figures proved when the infected populations widened up to women & children to the society’s bigot that even they could contract the “Gay disease”. Throughout the years, luckily, the appearance of tri therapy as well as prevention campaigns towards sensitive populations helped reduce the progress of the statistics. Unfortunately African Continent didn’t get as lucky as the rest of the world .When the rest of the planet was improving its prevalence rates as well as contamination statistics, vulnerable populations such as mothers & children got more & more infected to the point that some countries like Botswana lost a great percentage of its working forces sadly filling the country with more & more HIV positive orphans. In Botswana alone, 33% of the population is infected by the virus. Ben, a very close Zimbabwean friend told me he lost most of his teenage friends from AIDS. I will not go on with figures & stats are they are available all over the net & publications. Those statistics are the official face of AIDS, filling reports & hospitals. The face we see from afar as if she will never turn & look at us face to face. Personally my first physical encounter with Aids was in Nairobi in 1986 at the Hospital. I still have the image of that sick person that has been haunting me for the last 20 years. I was just a teenager, but I kept that souvenir as a testimony. But what I didn’t know is that I would lose some close friends from that deadly disease, & overall I have a very courageous Cameroonian friend who has survived all these years scrupulously taking his treatment. So this is the other face of AIDS I wanted to talk about, the face of our close friends who lost their husbands, wives or even children infected by HIV. For me,this face is also the smiling face of a strong beautiful young Lady of my acquaintances who has been infected by her late husband & lost one of her son. Her other son, aged 17 is infected like her. She does have the means to finance her treatment but it doesn’t mean she doesn’t deserve our compassion. Few weeks ago, she was invited to a party & one of those negative people who saw her with a handsome date decided she had to inform the Guy that Z. is infected with HIV. Did she have the right to involve herself in that? Especially that Z. always informs all her date of her health & proposes condoms before any sexual act. My point here is that AIDS has a face in your family or among your friends so stop doing as if it is just statistics. We as Africans are more than ever the number one actors in that tragedy. So stop discriminating, judging or condemning because tomorrow it could be closer to you than you thought. Step up in the plate & involve yourself in prevention or contribute to one’s treatment. Few condoms distributed to your home staff or financing a local NGO doesn’t cost much but it will sure make a difference.