Tanzania Just Lost $10 Million in Funding Over Homophobic Comments

Developmental Minister Ulla Tørnæs of Denmark showed that actions have consequences when she decided to withhold about what translates to $10 million in foreign aid to Tanzania following homophobic comments made by a Tanzanian official, according to LGBTQ Nation. Denmark is one of Tanzania's largest donors.

Recently, Paul Makonda, governor of Tanzania's capital Dar es Salaam, announced what could be called a witch hunt in which suspected gay people will be arrested on the basis of their sexuality. Makonda, a (misguided) Christian said that homosexuality is immoral and does not belong in Tanzania as he sees it as an affront to the Christian and Islamic values that are in place. He asked citizens to report anyone who they suspect is gay so that his ad-hoc team can arrest and persecute them.

Tørnæs expressed disappointment with the Tanzanian government for doing nothing about these comments as they have much wider implications. Recently, two men were arrested at a same-sex wedding and were forced to undergo anal examinations to prove their homosexuality. Amnesty International condemned the Tanzanian government for its indifference towards Makonda's comments as well as the anal examinations, saying that they are a form of torture. 

By refusing to give foreign aid to Tanzania, Tørnæs is showing the world that homophobia is unacceptable (although I guess we all kind of knew that anyway) and that if one tries to humiliate and incarcerate people based on an immutable characteristic, they should expect consequences. 


h/t: LGBTQ Nation 

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