Thursday, November 17, 2016

Africans speak out against the mass circumcision campaign

Africans speak out against the mass circumcision campaign
Embargoed: December 1, 2016

We respect science honestly, but we do not support what science brings to finish us, to defile our cultures, defile our rights.

—Prince Hillary Maloba

Since 2008, western public health giants* have been circumcising Africans by the millions to slow the spread of HIV/AIDS. American taxpayers are funding the effort through the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). An estimated 12 million men and boys have been circumcised to date. The world has not heard a word from them until now.

Dec. 1, 2016 (World AIDS Day) – The VMMC Experience Project sent cameras into Uganda and Kenya to document the realities of the mass circumcision program. Local investigators conducted interviews with 90 affected men and women and found:

    1.    Africans are told circumcision conveys immunity from HIV.
    2.    Condom use is at an all-time low, and AIDS is on the rise.
    3.    The program is killing the very people it is supposed to help.
    4.    No follow-up post circumcision (cut-and-release approach).
    5.    Resentment and outrage among Africans.

The “voluntary medical male circumcision” (VMMC) public health program is the first mass surgical campaign in human history. It targets Africans exclusively, leading some to question whether there are underlying racial motives. For centuries, western stereotypes have held that African men are lascivious or hypersexed, unable to control their sexual urges. Compulsory African-American male circumcision campaigns were proposed as early as the nineteenth century.

Prince Hillary Maloba is a native Kenyan, director of the VMMC Experience Project, and the driving force behind the investigation. “Male circumcision,” he explains, “as a project that has been applied for we [sic] Africans, has failed to reduce HIV the way we were told. Two, we view it as a violation of human rights. How target only one race in the entire world?”

Bishop Cleophas Matete, another native Kenyan, agrees: “I believe the entire process of trying to test it in Africa was wrong from the beginning.”

The mass circumcision campaign was introduced to reduce the incidence of HIV in fourteen sub-Saharan African countries that did not initially practice genital cutting. However, UNAIDS data indicate that the African HIV epidemic has only worsened since 2010—shortly after VMMC was implemented. For the first time since the war on AIDS began, HIV is back on the rise.

The World Health Organization claims that male circumcision curbs female-to-male HIV transmission by up to 60 percent and provides lifelong partial protection against HIV and other sexually transmitted infections. Their conclusions derive from a process of contentious surgical experimentation on Africans.

Opponents allege that the targeting of impoverished Africans constitutes a racial and human rights issue. Comparisons are made to the Tuskegee syphilis study.

Others argue that the program results in a dangerous false security. The present investigation confirms that men, women, and teens are abandoning condoms out of a belief that they are already protected by circumcision. This in turn increases the spread of HIV.

Prior to the VMMC Experience Project investigation, none have consulted or followed up with the men and women who have been directly affected. Many are living in rural poverty, invisible to the developed world. They have had no platform or voice in the circumcision agenda. Maloba’s investigation is the first to shed light on the African side of the story.

African men and women say the campaign is violating their rights, confusing their cultural identity, and profoundly worsening the AIDS epidemic. They implicate the program in the spike in HIV cases we have seen in recent years. Seven respondents in Maloba’s investigation said that they had acquired HIV because of misinformation around circumcision. “I blame those who told me that if I get circumcised I won’t get HIV,” said one respondent, “and I got HIV already!” Others mourned the loss of friends, brothers, relatives, and neighbors to AIDS following the procedure they believed would protect them. “These people are dying of HIV due to ignorance,” a respondent explained.

“If we don’t stop this thing,” Maloba warns, “this community will not have a generation that will take care of the old people.”

Instead of mass circumcision, Africans want funding for sustainable medical facilities, anti-retroviral medications (ARVs), more durable condoms, HIV education, and poverty reduction initiatives. Many cite AIDS -related tragedies from the VMMC program. They seek an end to the circumcision campaign as a public health disaster and a form of cultural imperialism from the West. “It is something that has been imposed on us,” a reverend explained in his interview. “If I could get a forum to fight it, I could fight it very hard.”

*VMMC-promoting institutions include the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the World Health Organization, UNAIDS, USAID, PEPFAR, Jhpiego (Johns Hopkins University), and numerous NGOs.

About the VMMC Experience Project

The VMMC Experience Project is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit effort to document the effects and aftermath of the world’s first mass surgical campaign. Its aim is to empower the most frequently overlooked contingent in the African circumcision regime: Africans.

Quick Links

The VMMC Experience Vault. Candid interviews with 90 men and women affected by the circumcision campaign. http://www.vmmcproject.org

Previews. Video previews of the VMMC investigation. http://www.vmmcproject.org/extras/videos

A Slave Has No Power Over His Masters. Prince Hillary Maloba’s groundbreaking speech on the problem of VMMC and why Africans must resist it. http://www.vmmcproject.org/about-us

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Media Contact: Max Fish max.fish@vmmcproject.org

Ugandans and Kenyans are available for interview.

Source: PRBuzz.com

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

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Sunday, November 6, 2016

Supermodel Rania Benchegra Sets a New Pace in the World of Modeling

 
(PRLog.org) -- Besides being renowned for turning the modeling world on its head, Rania Benchegra is always hunted among the fresh talents from the Arab world and is already setting a new pace in the industry. The Moroccan-born model whose phenomenal success is the talk of traditional media and many magazines in Morocco, especially Femmes du Maroc, won the 2011 Elite Model Look —  a yearly fashion modeling event held by Elite Model Management, an international model management group. 

“Rania has a promising future, and I felt it when I interviewed her five years ago after she won the Elite Model Look in Marrakesh, Morocco, stated the most famous Moroccan entertainment journalist in America Simo Benbachir, augustly known as Simobb.  Nobody knew she would rock here in Los Angeles and pose for large campaigns in the US that time. As a Moroccan, I am indeed proud of her as she is representing the Moroccan exotic beauty here in the States and worldwide.”

Born in Marrakesh, Morocco on March 23, 1995, the olive-skinned and raven-eyed Rania Benchegra made history after she became the first ever and still the only Moroccan Supermodel to be signed by a big model agency, NEXT after her arrival in Los Angeles. With two major US magazine cover bookings for Elle and InStyle; lead in H&M Forever Summer campaign (alongside Anna Ewers); a cameo in Victoria’s Secret PINK campaign; and 63K Instagram followers and counting, the future is bright for this rising Arab star.

“After winning the Elite contest, it was important for me to get my degree and shortly after high school I started a cinema program, Rania explained. That same year, I also started receiving a lot of proposals through my agency. With all the frequent travels, it became hard for me to merge modeling and my studies, so I decided to seize the opportunities and totally embrace my modeling career by moving to the US.”

Rania has created for herself a unique personality in the modeling industry, as she is usually referred to as an ambitious, elegant, beautiful, rebellious, strong, gentle, dreamy and realistic feminine mystery.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

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Wednesday, November 2, 2016

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