Posts tagged ‘Africa’

To support or not to support; That is the question for Britain

Uganda with its infamous anti-gay policies is accusing Britain for bullying them after the British Prime Minister announced that his country would freeze all financial aid to countries that treat their LGBT citizens unfairly.

An official from Uganda told BBC that the country is “tired of these lectures” and they should be allowed to follow the words of God and continue their brutality on their LGBT citizens with no retribution.

A synopsis of financial aid to Uganda last year

In 2010, US aid to Uganda went to:

$384 million  Global Health and Child Survival
$71 million  Development Assistance
$25 million  Food Aid
$1.5 million  Int’l Narcotics Control and Law Enforcement
$0.6 million  International Military Education and Training
$0.3 million  Foreign Military Financing

http://www.usaid.gov/locations/sub-saharan_africa/countries/uganda/

Britain would have spend equal amount if not more on foreign aid too. Its not hard to see why they would want to redirect this whopping amount of money to something more useful than help a country which is ignorant, unjust, stubborn and going down the path of self destruction.

But there is an apparent problem in drying up the aid. Human Rights activists from Ghana and Nigeria have stated that they believe if the financial aids are stopped, there would be sever repercussions on the already threatened LGBT citizens. They would be blamed by the government for the under development and the rate of violence might increase.

If we for a minute believe that this could be the outcome, for how long would the government blame the gays? We are not talking about a month or two months of non-funding. It would be permanent or till they mend their ways. A time will come when the government officials would have to give in and change their policies, because by just torturing the gays will not get them money. Or they can put their trust on God and wait for HIM to provide with what they need. I am sure they have that much of faith in their God and religion. For after all they are following the words of God so help should come from HIM.

So what do we have in hand. Either let them follow the words of GOD and criminalize and murder gays and continue funding them with hundreds of millions of dollars and pounds, or cut all aid and still see them do the same things what they are doing now with maybe a little bit more vengeance. To be noted, these are assumptions on the part of the LGBT activists and we have no way of knowing for sure if that’s exactly what will happen.

There is a flip side to stopping the financial aid apart from just the assumption of the Human Rights activists. Drying of aids would stunt the educational growth of the general population. With less education, the closed minded beliefs and dependency on the WORDS OF GOD and BIBLE would continue. The Christian Missionaries would continue their vacation trips to these countries and preach intolerance and hate. Education and broadminded approach can only counter attack this insurgence.

So now the UN is in limbo. To support or not to support that is the question. I say stop all aid to these countries. But its easy for me to say this living in a 1st world country. But first and foremost government from every country need to stop all funding of christian organizations. That’s primary. And then deal with the rest and it would be easier.

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Matthew Shepard revisited after over a decade..This time, Scotland is the venue

After over a decade of the gruesome murder of Matthew Shepard in Wyoming, we are again faced with another horrifying murder of Stuart Walker from Ayrshire, Scotland.

A 28 years old gay man Stuart Walker was tied to a lamp post, brutally beaten up and then burnt to death. Whether burning is the cause of death, that has not been established yet.

Horror is all I feel after reading about the incidence. All other feelings of rage, anger, sadness, hopelessness might seep in later.

Reports of gays being jumped, beaten up, mugged, bullied, harassed are common all over the world. Gays being killed or executed are common in the Middle-east and Africa. But after Matthew Shepard I think this is the 2nd most gruesome act of hate-crime in the western world. In Shepard’s case, there was a chance, if he was found a little earlier, taken to the hospital a little sooner, he might have been saved, or maybe not. But still there was a chance… But in Walker’s case, the culprits left no room for that. His injuries are described as ‘horrific’ by the police. His scorched body was found at around 5 am in Caponacre industrial area, outskirts of town. He was on his way to attend his grandmother’s 80th birthday party.

Police are investigating the murder and trying to gather information from the neighbourhood and trying to gather any leads from the CCTV. Nothing has been disclosed yet.

Here’s to hope the perpetrators are caught sooner than later and brought to justice. Shepard’s parents forgave their son’s murderers. I am just hoping Walker’s family don’t go down the same road, instead see to it that the culprits get punished the harshest way possible.

RIP sweetheart.

GHANA: Uganda inspired ?

I have been thinking whether I really want to write about GHANA’s preposterous measure to smoke the gays out and arrest them.

Somewhere, it doesn’t make sense to me. After all that happened in Uganda, it seems really unlikely that another state would go ahead and publicly announce the same thing. Knowing clearly well what the aftermath will be specially now that UN has allowed admission of  International Gay and Lesbian Association (IGLA) as an NGO.

Does the term any publicity is good publicity apply for countries too?

The motion is Western Region Minister Paul Aidoo’s brain child. Although its still not clear what he proposes to do once the gays are arrested. Needless to say his moved is strongly supported and backed by the Christian Council of Ghana.

It would be interesting to see how this plays out. And if they really follow through with this, how the state plans to survive if all aids are withheld by UN as a result of this atrocity.

Media attack on Uganda gays… a 2nd time

Got my topic to write about today….again.

I have started to realize that the only emotion that gives me the urge to write is anger. The sense of fear, humiliation, embarrassment has, over the years, have given way to fear.

I sincerely hope, other gays across this planet would stop feeling sorry for themselves and get off their bubble butts and do something.

It surprises me, that after all that is going around all over the world, from teen suicides, to “Kill The Gays” bill in Uganda, and ofcourse all the other sporadic anti-gay propaganda and homophobic attacks, majority of gays still have this firm belief that through patience, persistence, talks, and demonstrations, one day, they will change the hearts of the straights.

It has never happened in the world history..ever. It will not happen now.

The sooner we wake up to this fact, the better it would be for the LGBT community.

The innate  nature of humans is to accept things either understanding or through fear. Whether its a child or an adult, the decision to do or not do something is ruled by either understanding the damage it might cause or just out of fear. Tell a kid not to do something…if he doesn’t understand the consequences, parents/adults imbibe fear in them.

If you don’t eat your veggis, you will go blind.” And the kid quietly clears his plate. Not because he understands the necessity of vegetables, but out of fear. But thats ok.

I remember, I used to be told that if I take anything without asking, my arm will fall off. I was petrified, so never took even a penny without asking. When I grew up, that atrocious consequence of stealing was replaced by absolute fear of being beaten to death by my Dad if ever caught in such an act. But that fear achieved the desired result.

Thats exactly what we have to do. The fear of severe consequence needs to be inculcated inside the homophobes, that would make them think not twice but 500 times before attacking a gay man or woman.

The fear, that we have now, about coming out, about people knowing about us, the repercussions… that should change places. The homophobes should realize that they cannot get away with harassment, bullying, physical attacks on LGBT people. We can fight back too.

If we don’t act, we would be reading eternal sob stories about gay bashing for another light

year.

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