Got your attention didn’t it?
Now imagine the front page of The Sun or Daily Telegraph giving you those instructions?
Imagine your local newspaper publishing your picture, name and address with instructions for it’s readers to hunt you down like a rabid dog and kill you.
Can you imagine that?
The Washington Post published a story on Tuesday about a front-page newspaper story featured a list of Uganda’s 100 “top” homosexuals, with a bright yellow banner across it that read: “Hang Them.” Alongside their photos were the men’s names and addresses. In the days since it was published, at least four gay Ugandans on the list have been attacked and many others are in hiding, according to rights activist Julian Onziema.
Why on Earth isn’t more being done about it? Why is the nation not in up roar?
The news coverage for the 33 Chilean miners was astounding. Sky News had a live 24 hour screening of the rescuse. However why is it the sponsored genocide of sexual minorities in Uganda not as prominient on the news agenda?
The Guardian states that on the front page, the paper claims that the homosexual community aims to “recruit 1,000,000 children by 2012”, and that parents “face heart-breaks (sic) as homos raids schools”. Inside, a headline reads: “Hang them; They are after our kids!!”.
Homophobia is rife in many African countries. Homosexuality is punishable by death or imprisonment in Nigeria. In South Africa, the only African nation to recognize gay marriage, gangs carry out so-called “corrective” rapes on lesbians.
As a nation which allows gay couples to have civil partnerships, as a community who together in the hope of change coloured their facebook and twitter pictures purple and wore items of purple clothing to show support for Spirit Day, why are we forgetting those who need our support the most?
(Thanks to Associated Press)