'Condoms HIV Infected' Shock at Mozambique archbishop condom claim
The Catholic Church formally opposes any use of condoms
The head of the Catholic Church in Mozambique has told the BBC he believes some European-made condoms are infected with HIV deliberately.
Maputo Archbishop Francisco Chimoio claimed some anti-retroviral drugs were also infected "in order to finish quickly the African people".
The Catholic Church formally opposes any use of condoms, advising fidelity within marriage or sexual abstinence.
Aids activists have been angered by the remarks, one calling them "nonsense".
"We've been using condoms for years now, and we still find them safe," prominent Mozambican Aids activist Marcella Mahanjane told the BBC.
The UN says anti-retrovirals (ARVs) have proved very effective for treating people with Aids. The drugs are not a cure, but attack the virus on several fronts at once.
The BBC's Jose Tembe in the capital, Maputo, says it is estimated that 16.2% of Mozambique's 19m inhabitants are HIV positive.
About 500 people are infected every day.
Archbishop Chimoio told our reporter that abstention, not condoms, was the best way to fight HIV/Aids.
"Condoms are one of the best manners of getting protection against catching Aids"
Aids activist Gabe Judas
"Condoms are not sure because I know that there are two countries in Europe, they are making condoms with the virus on purpose," he alleged, refusing to name the countries.
"They want to finish with the African people. This is the programme. They want to colonise until up to now. If we are not careful we will finish in one century's time."
Aids activists in the country have been shocked by the archbishop's comments.
"Condoms are one of the best ways of getting protection against catching Aids," said Gabe Judas, who runs Tchivirika (Hard Work) - an theatre group that promotes HIV/Aids awareness.
"People must use condoms as it's a safe way of having sex without catching Aids," he told the BBC.
Archbishop Chimoio, who made the remarks at celebrations to mark 33 years of independence, said that fighting the disease was a serious matter.
"If we are joking with this sickness we will be finished as soon as possible.
"If we want to change the situation to face HIV/Aids it's necessary to have a new mentality, if we don't change mentality we'll be finished quickly," he said.
"It means marriage, people being faithful to their wives... (and) young people must be abstaining from sexual relations."
Our correspondent says the archbishop is well respected in the country and the Catholic Church played a leading role in sponsoring the 1992 peace deal that ended a 16-year civil war.
Some 17.5% of Mozambicans are Catholic.
Condoms in Africa are infected with HIV says archbishop
Sat 29 September 2007
European condom manufacturers deliberately infect their products with HIV says Mozambique's Roman Catholic archbishop.
The archbishop of Maputo, Francisco Chimoio, has accused some european condom manufacturers of wanting to quickly 'finish' off African people by 'making condoms with the virus, on purpose'. Chimoio states he has specific information about the plot which involves at least two european countries.
He said; "[T]here are two countries in europe ... making condoms with the virus, on purpose...They want to finish with the African people. This is the programme. They want to colonise until up to now. If we are not careful we will finish in one century's time."
His views have been challenged in the western media by 'medical specialists' who claim it is 'impossible' for the HIV virus to live inside condoms for any length of time. Supporters of the Archbishops claims refute this and state that many condoms made in europe for African markets are either rejects or of a deliberate substandard.
Many Africans believe that the creation and distribution of HIV/Aids across the Continent has a strategic and very political origin in western nations. The global european mantra calling for Africa to employ stringent population control is seen by many as propaganda supporting ongoing biological warfare. In the context of the on-going Maafa this is not the first time such a thing has happened.
In 1972, some of the depraved anti-African medical policies of the U.S. government were exposed after decades of media silence. In what has been referred to as "America's Nuremberg" it was revealed that innocent African Americans had been covertly subjected to non-consensual biological experiments for over forty years by the U.S Public Health Service (PHS), working with the Tuskegee Institute. From as early as 1932, Africans were murdered after over four hundred African men suffering from syphilis (some were injected) were deliberately not given treatment in order for American doctors to determine what damage the disease could do to the human body. During the Tuskegee Medical Atrocities 1932-1972 six hundred Africans were affected by the sinister government sponsored programme. Once exposed, PHS officers publicly announced that they believed they were acting in good conscience on behalf of America and felt betrayed by the government's failure to publicly defend the study they themselves commissioned.
In 2005, the Red Cross was convicted of charges stemming from the distribution of blood infected with HIV and hepatitis C throughout the 1980s and up until the early 1990s. The Canadian based organisation pleaded guilty to distributing contaminated blood supplies in court and was fined just over eight hundred pounds ($1,500). Almost all of the people who contracted AIDS from its blood supplies are now dead.
In 2003, a study carried out by the Human Sciences Research Council of South Africa revealed that contaminated needles were a major cause of HIV in Africa with some researchers believing as many as 40% of HIV infections in African adults are linked to injections. United Nations analysts and health officials have rejected this assertion, claiming most HIV/Aids cases are linked to sex without condoms. They argue that the Continent needs several billion condoms per year in order to save more lives. Condoms are currently imported to the Continent from Europe and Asia.
Europe's largest condom manufacturer, the german firm Condomi is one of many european firms exploiting the situation. The government of Azania (South Africa) has agreed that in return for a $594m military contract for three German submarines it will allow Condomi to build its first factory in 'East London', Azania. The european manufacturer plans to annually sell 100 million condoms into the market by using local companies to distribute the 'life saving' products. The manufacturing process will begin in Erfurt, East Germany.
Volker de l'Homme, the head of German Condom manufacturer, Condomi, comments: "Africa is clearly the number one place to be. If you come to think of it, there isn't a condom manufacturing plant on the entire continent..."
However in August 2007, Azania's ministry of health recalled twenty million defective condoms after allegations came to light of a government official who accepted bribes to certify substandard condoms as acceptable for human use. Four million of these were confirmed 'faulty'.
Swiss food maker Nestle continues to supply Azania (South Africa) with its 'special' Pelargon infant formula which the european firm claims helps reduce the risk of passing the virus to infants when used in place of breast milk from HIV-positive mothers. Pelargon is given free to patients. Nestle continues to be heavily criticised for its manipulative campaign which exploits the suffering of HIV infected Africans in order to make profit. Breastfed infants are at a much lesser risk of diarrhoea, respiratory infections and other illnesses and their mothers also experience health advantages.
An archbishop tells his followers that European condoms come infected with HIV and the Vatican remains silent.
LA Times editorial September 29, 2007
Europeans are purposely infecting Africans with AIDS -- or that's what a Roman Catholic archbishop in Mozambique alleged earlier this week. Francisco Chimoio, archbishop of Maputo, accused European condom makers of sending wares to Africa that they had deliberately contaminated with HIV. They are doing this, Chimoio asserted, "in order to finish quickly the African people."
Unfortunately, these are not the lunatic theories of a backwater nobody; they're the lunatic theories of a backwater somebody. Chimoio is not only an authority to the country's 4 million Catholics, he is respected throughout the land. His leadership is credited with helping to end Mozambique's 16-year civil war in 1992.
Almost as stunning as the archbishop's baseless allegations, however, has been the clarion silence from the Vatican. Chimoio's comments have been translated, ridiculed and lambasted throughout the world. So why haven't his superiors publicly corrected the musings of this preposterous prelate? Maybe because it's better to let him take the heat for his remarks than to remind the world that the church's position on condom use contributes to suffering across the globe.
An estimated one in six of Mozambique's 19 million citizens is HIV positive. The spread of the virus might be slowed if the Catholic Church would permit its followers to use condoms without sanction. But even as deaths mount in Mozambique and across the continent, Rome's stance is unrelenting. In that, Chimoio echoes Pope Benedict XVI: Both accept only abstinence and fidelity within marriage as brakes on AIDS. Chimoio's rant, however, veers beyond adherence to church doctrine and into an inducement to panic, one that the Vatican should silence.
Mozambique suffered 475 years of oppression under Portuguese rule, finally throwing off European domination in 1975. Yes, European colonialism bears much of the blame for the economic, political and social evils that plague the country. But for thwarting the use of condoms to halt the spread of HIV in Africa, it's not Portugal that's the knowing author of harm, it's Vatican City.