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Church leader blames Ebola on gay people

Church leader blames Ebola on gay people

The Ebola virus doesn’t care who it kills. Many straight and gay people have died, many have been orphaned, and others have had their lives ruined over this outbreak.

And even though this should be the last thing anyone should be thinking about, some church leaders like the ones in Liberia have chosen to blame the deadly disease on gay people.

We should pay heroic respect and appreciate all the nations, organisations and various individuals that have done their best so far to combat this deadly virus, treat and rehabilitate the affected communities.

Many nations in Africa have been affected by this deadly virus, most of which have been struggling with other issues before that have incapacitated their abilities to fight this virus and other diseases. There is a danger of the virus spreading to other nations and could claim many lives if it is not combated by a combined force of each and every person. That includes both church leaders and gay people.

Even though many people are aware of the disease and are willing to help to combat it but a public outcry for more support is highly needed.

As an African LGBTI organization, Out and Proud Diamond Group, some of our members whose lives we aim to better are in those countries that are being affected with this deadly disease.

Many of us in the organization originate from those affected communities. We are affected directly and indirectly. Therefore we are calling upon each and person to join hands in the fight against it.

We as a community have faced many problems, far less than the people who have been affected by Ebola, but we are strong. Our joint support can be important in helping to combat the virus and rehabilitate these communities.

As a community fighting to achieve justice and equality for its people all over the world, we can not be bystanders while this virus is claiming lives.

This is our time to offer our expertise in creating more awareness and gather support against this virus in some of the disadvantaged communities in the world.

There are so many things we can do as the gay community like offering financial support, online support to the victims, support both medical and domesti, medical support,  asking our governments to offer more support to the victims.

There’s more we can do, we can organize international events like concerts to raise money for the cause, organize church or mosque services to pray for those affected, offer to support those willing to go the frontline against this virus in the affected xountries, help in creating more awareness of this virus to other communities, encourage our countries to offer more trade deals with the affected countries such that they can be economically empowered, offer educational support to the orphans and others in the communities.

As a community that has suffered discrimination before, this is the time for us to stand shoulder by shoulder by those facing the worst moments of their lives.

The rate at which the virus is spreading is so alarming that if it is not stopped it might cut across continents, thus claiming more lives. The fight against Ebola goes beyond boundaries.

Edwin Sesange is the director of the Out and Proud Diamond Group.