A natural disaster is being reported today by Reuters out of Gambia.
The President of Gambia, Yahya Jammeh, is putting his citizens in extreme risk by telling people that his slurry of “natural” herbs can cure people infected with HIV and/or AIDS.
He went on television this past Sunday night to proclaim that he “…prevailed to cure HIV/AIDS to the point that 68 are being discharged today”, whatever his definition of discharge means.
This “President” is a dangerous man. He came to power as part of a bloodless coup, and has retained an iron grip on his office ever since via elections, described as ranging from having “serious shortcomings” to being deemed “not fair or free”.
Aside from his despotic rise, he fancies himself a medicine man – so his declarations of being able to cure HIV and AIDS using herbs is not new (he’s been boasting this since 2007). Perhaps the most dangerous aspect of this tyrant’s “medical advice” is that he is convincing (i.e. intimidating) infected people to stop taking their antiretroviral drugs.
He has hob-nobed with the likes of The President of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad -not surprising since the government of Iran has also declared “drug-free” cures for HIV and AIDS (birds of a feather?) – and they have both boasted of a deepening cooperation between their regimes. Fortunately, they have since parted ways since those crazy 2007 days (the only silver lining in this whole post.)
There is no ambiguity on where he stands on homosexuality. He has threatened to cut off the heads of any homosexual he finds in his country. He has all the humanitarianism of a school of piranha.
Still not convinced of the quality of this person? Well then, take a second and absorb this quote from Gambia’s president:
“If you don’t believe in God, you can never be grateful to humanity and you are even below a pig.”
Folks, this person can’t disappear from the earth fast enough. In the meantime, the natural disaster and living nightmare that is the reign of Yahya Jammeh continues, to the collective detriment of the world, and most immediately, the HIV infected citizens of Gambia.