Conflict Consciousness

In 2010, Uganda was usurped in a conflict regarding anti-homosexual legislation and a clause mandating the death penalty. Rwanda contemplated criminalizing homosexuality until rapid-fire global campaign spread via internet forcing Paul Kagame’s government to announce that they would not be intervening in the private lives of its citizens.  Today, Malawi faces the same conflict.  Malawian president recently pardoned two young boys who were sentenced to 14 years of hard labor for being gay.  Despite claiming the pardons were a result of “humanitarian grounds,” the pardons were more likely on “diplomatic or expedient grounds” given that Malawi is almost entirely dependent on foreign aid.  Malawi president was under intense pressure for the state-sanctioned homophobia that is spreading across the African continent.

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