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Secretive lives for [deleted] in conservative Ethiopia

Postby Gurezza » 18 May 2009, 20:52


Secretive lives for [deleted] in conservative Ethiopia
Bya Aaron Maasho | May 18, 2009

ADDIS ABABA (AFP) – It's nearly an hour before midnight in a street in one of Addis Ababa's bustling districts and less than a dozen young men can be spotted below the glow of half-lit street lights.

In near-slow motion, a handful of vehicles pass by over potholed roads while [deleted] men and male prostitutes hold discreet conversations on cracked pavements.

In Piazza, one of the Ethiopian capital's oldest sections, narrow alleyways that buzz with stone-walled shops and cafes during daytime offer rare and safe rendezvous spots for [deleted], considered no less than criminals in the conservative Horn of Africa nation.

"There is always the need for extra precaution as possibilities of arrest and harassment are usually high," a young [deleted] mobile phone seller told AFP on condition of anonymity.

Laws against [deleted] are not unusual in Africa, where nearly three-quarters of the continent -- at least 38 countries -- have outlawed consensual [deleted] sex.

Ethiopia is no exception. Under its penal code, the very act itself can bring three years behind bars. And if the offender "makes a profession of such activities" the penalty rises to up to five years.

The law also seeks a maximum sentence of up to ten years if any kind of coercion is involved.

Yet, there are calls for more stringent rules against the [deleted] community whose exact size is impossible to determine due to fears of repression.

Recently, the heads of the Orthodox, Protestant and Catholic churches, as well as Islam, adopted a resolution urging lawmakers to amend the constitution to ban the sexual orientation, which they termed a "pinnacle of immorality".

"This is something very strange in Ethiopia, the land of the Bible that condemns this very strongly," said Abune Paolos, the patriarch of Ethiopia's Orthodox Church, the nation's largest religious denomination.

"For people to act in this manner they have to be dumb, stupid like animals," he said. "We strongly condemn this behaviour. They have to be disciplined and their acts discriminated, they have to be given a lesson."

Ethiopian culture is heavily influenced by Paolos' state-backed church, which urges conservative sexual practices.

The taboo is so extreme that even an association that works to help male sexual assault victims has been a victim of prejudice.

"We rarely receive any funding apart from UNAIDS and a number of other US-based organisations," Sultan Wuhe, a former [deleted] prostitute and child rape victim, says of his NGO, the Bright for Children Voluntary Association.

"I have even encountered insults. One NGO president once labelled my organisation 'a bunch of [deleted]' and asked me to leave his office," he adds.

Apart from tight government restrictions, social stigma has driven [deleted] into virtual hiding.

For fear of arrest and humiliation, members usually switch from place to place and avoid revealing their identity at all costs.

As such, they have developed an elaborate way of distinguishing and communicating with each other.

"Members are always clean-shaved with some having red paint on their fingernails," one member said, while using his fingers to illustrate.

"After observing those characteristics, you either blink at one another or flip lip balm tubes to give signs."

Others find it easier to socialise with foreign expatriates in Addis Ababa, who usually feel sympathetic towards Ethiopian [deleted].

Yet, rather paradoxically, the community has rarely experienced violence, but any possibility to decriminalise the orientation suffered a blow in 2006 when one [deleted] sought to establish a legal association but was promptly turned down by the government.

Afterwards, NGO officials say the individual had to leave the country due to harassment.

Much of the government's reluctance relates to the increasing number of sexual assaults on minors.

Of the more than 10,000 rape cases last year, 22 percent involved young boys, some even as young as two, according to government figures.

Several westerners have also been implicated in such incidents during the past few years.

The most notorious occurred in the mid-1990s when dozens of young victims of Ethiopia's 1984 famine were sexually abused in an orphanage run by Swiss-based charity group Terre des Hommes.

"For years I've been struggling over my sexual identity and needed time to gain sanity," Wuhu says.

The 28-year-old says he was gang-raped by five of the NGO's foreign staff when he was 14, and worked as a prostitute providing services to men for three years after leaving the orphanage.

He adds he is aware that his main assailants have served time in jail in their respective countries.

"[deleted] should be discouraged by whatever means and the government should do whatever it takes to stop it," he says.

"Many western countries have penalised those who spoke out against [deleted]. The reason for that is because they lost the opportunity to block its trend in the first place," says Daniel Ferede, a member of parliament. "We should tackle this scourge at all costs."



Re: Secretive lives for [deleted] in conservative Ethiopia

Postby Ghirmawi » 19 May 2009, 04:41


"This is something very strange in Ethiopia, the land of the Bible that condemns this very strongly," said Abune Paolos, the patriarch of Ethiopia's Orthodox Church, the nation's largest religious denomination.

"For people to act in this manner they have to be dumb, stupid like animals," he said. "We strongly condemn this behaviour. They have to be disciplined and their acts discriminated, they have to be given a lesson."


How can a religous leader advocate for punishment? Didn't Jesus said “Do not judge, or you too will be judged” (Matthew 7:1). But even if homesexuality is an act of an "evil", Jesus also said “But I tell you, Do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also” Matthew 5:39.
This priest wannabe undercover Weyane stoog is nothing but an ignornat politician with no religous credentials what so ever to become the head of one of the oldest religions of the great nation of Ethiopia.



Re: Secretive lives for [deleted] in conservative Ethiopia

Postby Obamajr. » 19 May 2009, 04:54


Ghirmawi wrote:
"This is something very strange in Ethiopia, the land of the Bible that condemns this very strongly," said Abune Paolos, the patriarch of Ethiopia's Orthodox Church, the nation's largest religious denomination.

"For people to act in this manner they have to be dumb, stupid like animals," he said. "We strongly condemn this behaviour. They have to be disciplined and their acts discriminated, they have to be given a lesson."


How can a religous leader advocate for punishment? Didn't Jesus said “Do not judge, or you too will be judged” (Matthew 7:1). But even if homesexuality is an act of an "evil", Jesus also said “But I tell you, Do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also” Matthew 5:39.
This priest wannabe undercover Weyane stoog is nothing but an ignornat politician with no religous credentials what so ever to become the head of one of the oldest religions of the great nation of Ethiopia.

Grimawi,
I am not a religious person but I am wondering, did Jesus said any thing in his life time about [deleted] and [deleted] people in general? I am just hungry for truth. thanks



Re: Secretive lives for [deleted] in conservative Ethiopia

Postby Ghirmawi » 19 May 2009, 05:58


Grimawi,
I am not a religious person but I am wondering, did Jesus said any thing in his life time about [deleted] and [deleted] people in general? I am just hungry for truth. thanks


Obama,
There are some verses in the Bible which condemn [deleted] in general. For instance, in Leviticus 18:22 it is stated that: "Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination." Similarly Romans 1:26-27 states : "For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was meet“, while in Jude 1:7 you find: "Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire."

Nonetheless, Jesus said nothing specifically. He did, however, have much to say about issues of the heart, and about morality (depending how you define that). The closest thing ever Jesus said regarding the issue of guy people can be found in St. Luke in chapter 17 verse 34 where he said “"I tell you, in that night there shall be two men in one bed; the one shall be taken, and the other shall be left." Again, this can be interpreted in various ways.
But what is imperative here is that Jesus did not condemn sinners at all, for he said "For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God sent the Son into the world, not to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him. He who believes in him is not condemned; he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil." (John 3:16-19).



Re: Secretive lives for [deleted] in conservative Ethiopia

Postby Hawi » 19 May 2009, 06:51


For once in his life time...Tegadalay Paulos is right on the spot in reference to the statement he made about [deleted].

Those morally corrupted so called NGO are not only corrupting the tradition and the social fabric of the people but also the basic moral value and culture of the country.



Re: Secretive lives for [deleted] in conservative Ethiopia

Postby Ghirmawi » 19 May 2009, 07:37


For once in his life time...Tegadalay Paulos is right on the spot in reference to the statement he made about [deleted].


Hawi, it seems to me that you are confusing consensual [deleted] with rape. There is nothing wrong with [deleted] practice between consenting adults. And I think Tegadalay Paulos, as you put it, is not referring to the NGO stuff, but rather to innocent individuals whose sexual orientation happen to differ from what we call “normal”. I believe you know much better than me that Weyane stooges like Tegadalay Paulos have no guts to even criticize NGOs let alone advocating for their punishment. If that was the case, why did Paulos fail to say anything about the practice of excessive preaching by Jesus messengers wanna be white men who are constantly abusing harmless kids in the name of religion in rural Ethiopia?



Re: Secretive lives for [deleted] in conservative Ethiopia

Postby Obamajr. » 20 May 2009, 05:50


Ghirmawi,
please take your time and read the following link and tell me what you think? Thanks
http://www.y-jesus.com/jesuscomplex_3.php



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