Satan Responsible For LGBT Factor In Africa


Young People In Africa together with health centre staff need more light on the LGBT factor

Now, the fact that Iam African –Ugandan  to be precise, and that Iam writing about LGBT issues, will itself put me at risk of achieving what other young people crave for. They call it ‘ATTENTION’ but I call it ‘WALKING TALL’. In a continent where the ‘Biblical teachings’ coupled by un questionable ‘cultural doctrines’, a continent where the young have to do the listening from the old, a continent where the young don’t question the old’s wisdom, a continent characterized by beauty..lets face it…incredible landscapes, enviable climates, un imaginable wildlife…the most hospitable people in the world….let me stop here…lurking in the shadows is one hell of a guy that Africans prefer not to talk about. To many, he is a myth…a stupid, obnoxious, illusion imported from the west, uncouth satanic and abnormal superstar…To us public health freaks (read specialists) we call him LGBT. This initial stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bi gender and Transexual Groups. The World Health Organisation, Centre for Disease Control and the UNAIDS categorize this among the HIV High Risk Groups.

Taking you aback…

Its not news any more, but, yes, having finished UNAIDS assignment of working on CrowdOutAIDS…..and noting the silence that emanated from the discussions, I summarized the data like any other independent researcher would do. I came back home (Uganda) and on 5’Oclock am Monday 2nd July, I was in a bus on my way to the Swiss Embassy to report back. I like listening to French music while on such journeys (possibly to boast my vocabulary)…and I really think my head sets volume was at their peak. We had hadly spent 20 minutes on the road when I noticed a young girl next to me. Her name Amilla (not real names) as I would later find out was a 20 year old S.5 student of a top school in Kampala, Uganda. She apparently was with her mummy reporting back to school because she had been sent home having fallen sick. Any ways, as you know…I have my inherent ability to strike some cool conversations with young people without discrimination. I remember we talked about school education, food, pets, careers (as it turned out, she wanted to be a lawyer)…and finally, we were talking about the love of my life..Yessssssss!!! Reproductive health! Guess what, yes we did! Smile We talked about relationships (it turned out she had a boyfriend at 14 and seperated last year), sex (now, this is no joke, but we did)….all this time, it was her talking about herself. later on, it was my turn to speak! haha…so, what could I tell her…well, ah…you see…there are some things you don’t tell young people according to our African culture and up bringing…but guess what, the young girl was very much informed about these seemingly tabbooed topics. So, now that she knew technically all this stuff about ‘life as a teen’…I decided to take her to extreme…and that’s when the discussions about LGBT came in. I brought in this topic to:

  1. See whether she had the confidence to talk about such a thing with her new ‘stranger’
  2. Ascertain whether she is informed about whether such a thing exists in her life, community or her vocabulary
  3. Keep her quite!

I were wrong pal…completely wrong, I like to say 110% wrong…in her words “…because I already said iam a student leader, like in my dormitory, we have 2 girls who are lesbians. The school administration however don’t want to know and there is no chance for me to say such things otherwise, these students will be punished heavily or sent home immediately. The gays are here and while it hurts me to tell you this because I don’t even know exactly who you are, Gayism is here to stay’. When this young girl told me about this whole story, back in my mind, I was imagining myself being a parent, and my lovely boy is gay and cant even tell me, because he definitely knows iam gonna cut off his balls (read punished!). It reminded me of the latest assignment I was with UNAIDS.

Then, with this whole conversation still reverbating in my ears, I had a chance to visit one superstar of mine (Bukenya-I call him my son). He works as a training coordinator for Naguru teenage centre in Bugolobi Kampala. Among other things I talked with him and the Director Peter was how the teenage health centre deals with LGBT issues. It occurred to me, with ofcourse no surprise that:-

  1. LGBT issue is still a big taboo to talk about. Its like touring hell
  2. Many health institutions including those that deal with young people directly have staff who aint trained adequately to work with young people from the LGBT group
  3. The hostile environment towards the LGBT in Africa is more than the racism chants black soccer players experience in a known racist zone like Ukraine. (No apologies to my Ukranian friends but you know the facts far too well winkssss) Winking smile Winking smile
  4. Currently, the teenage centre is handling a case where a 9 year old girl had been expelt from a certain top school in Kampala for having ‘touched’ a fellow student’s genitals. Now, for Christs sake, an educationist like me would never expel such a kid on such backgrounds not because I would be saving its parents economic burden but because we know the ‘trying out things age’! Don’t we? Instead of helping out such kids and LGBT grouped kids, the School administrators are successfully signing expulsion letters for them.

Let me go back to the current statistics, Uganda has scored highly of late on the HIV incidence rates. (For those who don’t understand the maths, don’t worry)  Just this week the Ministry of Health reported new data showing that HIV/AIDS is on the increase: “The number of Ugandans infected with the HIV virus has increased by 100 per cent in the last seven years, it was announced yesterday. Results from the 2011 Uganda AIDS Indicator Survey show that the number doubled from 1.2 million in 2005 to 2.4 million today. This essentially means that one in every 13 Ugandans has HIV. Compounding matters is the fact that the prevalence rate has surged from 6.4% in 2005 to 7.3%.”

One superstar Joshua Businge from the AIDS control Program from the Ministry of Health attributed the incidence to multiple sexual partnerships (MSP) and failure to use condoms as one of the major reasons why the figures were going up. If you asked me, I would say, our public health superstars from the relevant ministries are refusing to unleash the reason why developing countries in Africa are looasing the battle of HIV/AIDS…the answer is not because of the funding mechanism primarily as health economists would point out. Neither is it only the change in the structures of the HIV itslef as epidemiologists would argue….It is the fear of addressing the LGBT fear factor that we are knitting without a pattern!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Hundreds of young people continue to live on the edge with HIV, the LGBT grouped people don’t access any form of help (the question of access and utilisation)…and well, you cant expect them to behave like a pope..Isnt there one pope anyway? :/

My verdict…

While, 110% of who ever reads this article will think of me being gay (which for the record is NOT TRUE)…Iam sure, some one out there will think the same way as myself. We (as Africans) will need to think again (shall we).

  1. How committed are we to ensuring zero HIV new infections if we keep our beautful lips shut and our backs on the issue of LGBT?
  2. Why cant governments in developing countries-if they doubt, conduct a carefully designed research in school communities (where we find the young people) to ascertain the existence of this issue?

It looks certain that, if we continue blaming satan (sometimes I feel pity for the guy) for all the bad things that happen in our continent (that includes the increased mortalities from AIDS related cases), one can conclusively say, we are the satan because we have the answers but we are not asking the right questions! We are like Ostriches who bury their heads in the sand and claim to be hiding! I agree with Malawi President..check her out http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/may/18/malawi-president-vows-legalise-homosexuality. For countries that don’t want to use the word ‘Legalising’, may be we can use ‘Recognising?” May be the lawyers will help me get the difference?. As I go to grab some evening tea, iam worried about what I will tell my future son when he asks me…’So, daddy, you were a public health professional at 25. So what was your contribution towards ensuring equal access to and utilisation of reproductive health services and rights?” Sad smile Shall I tell the kid to ‘SHUT UP?” Sad smile

© Brian Kanaahe Mwebaze Bilal PhD (c)

 

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  1. Oh girl, Diana….there is some mess here in developing countries. We dont want to admit that we can make a difference even when we are confronted by the truth. Our ability to live in denial will haunt us! :/ But there are some hard-bodied fools like me and you…we gotta sort out this mess when it is still ripe 🙂 #LGBT

  2. Like Ugandans, Americans did not acknowledge the power and presence of homosexuality and its disease of AIDS until the multiple diseased apples were spoiling a large portion of the barrel. The prevalence of AIDS world-wide is astounding. While it’s likely too late for the many who are infected, an aggressive acknowledgement is now necessary to do whatever is necessary to prevent the unhindered spread of the disease. In many churches across America programs such as Celibrate Recovery address addictions of all sorts in an effort to rehabilitate and to help restore the individuals to health. Drugs kill. Alcohol kills. Obesity kills. Homosexuality kills via aids. Yet obesity is a taboo subject as is homosexualiity. What thing is it that prevents us from discussing and teaching about the presence and danger of homosexuality with the same aggressiveness we warn and teach of other dangers? I say the reason is simple denial. Denial has worked for a long time here in southern United States known as the Bible Belt. But our ignorance and refusal to acknowedge its presence and affect (AIDS) on this generation has resulted in growing infection rates and in the refusal by many to get tested because of the taboo element. Faith-based groups continue to view free condoms as condonement rather than seeing the benefit of the practice. But even in the Bible Belt, homosexuality is very present among us. It is everywhere! And it is not going away. Gay marriage will be approved. Humanitarianism demands that we address head on the presence and prevalence of AIDS and do whatever is possible to teach, to educate, to inform, and to warn the young of the dangers of all behaviors that are detrimental to health and happiness. Sexual sin has been present from Sodom to now and rejecting its impact on health is not wise.

    I did a post months back which discusses the foundations and benefit of biblically-based heterasexual marriage (fruitful/life) compared to the homosexual union. (Homosexual Union: Reprobate internetelias.wordpress.com ).

    Keep up the good work, Brian.

    1. I agree with 110% fellow humanitarian 🙂 Greetings from Uganda here by the way. Thanks for showing the ‘Denial’ factor. Its alittle odd over how we human beings can deny even what we can see with our very own eyes. I bet if Jesus came back like for real, people would still ask ‘Who the hell are you?”..concerning obesity and HIV/AIDS…these are key health issues which need us to make some serious decisions as regards our interventions. I must read aout your findings at “I did a post months back which discusses the foundations and benefit of biblically-based heterasexual marriage (fruitful/life) compared to the homosexual union. (Homosexual Union: Reprobate internetelias.wordpress.com ).” Awesome! 🙂 The future of public health can only be bright if we use the evidence (which many times we have) and make STRONG decisions. Thank you again!

      Oh, and out of curiosity, would you love to feature by skype and share your ‘findings’ on our Weekly Youth Fellowship @RedCrossMbarara? We always hold such discussions on Fridays from 14:00 HrsGMT to 16:00HrsGMT. We should arrange for that? Please say yessss! 🙂 🙂 Stay blessed

      1. Brian, please feel free to ‘reblog’ the post and use the contents any way you like. But skype is too technilogically challenging for me…lol :). But thank you…thank you…for such a flattering invite. I continue to be delighted at the work you are doing and with the heart you have for bettering the circumstances of many. In my small way, I am attempting the same here through my volunteer work with American Red Cross, Alabama Region, North Alabama District, Northeast Alabama Chapter. We are one Red Cross with one humanitarian heart. And the needs of the masses are varied and huge. I’m just trying to bloom where I am planted and to accomplish the vision in my heart and mind for a better application of Red Cross services in my area. The need is huge. Red Cross heart is huge. The desire of my heart is to better marry the huge need with the huge heart of Red Cross. And I am benefiting in important ways through being in touch with what Red Cross is doing across the globe. I often mention to co-volunteers your work there in trying to better things such as road safety and reproductive health. I am actually making a list of ‘good ideas’ being done by Red Cross chapters across the globe. And the thing I am observing is that we are not utilizing technology sufficiently to make Red Cross a more cohesive unit of service. If that were not the case, I would not be scared of skype…:). Maybe later :). This is embarassing :).

        God’s speed, Brian!!!!!

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