As always, when public health officials talk about voluntary, adult male circumcision, they never mean voluntary or adult.
THE Ministry of Health is targeting to have over 100 000 men circumcised in three years time, Minister Benedict Xaba told senators at the weekend.
Presently, only 4 370 men have been circumcised. “The policy and strategy for male circumcision have been passed by cabinet. Together with partners such as FLAS (Family Life Association of Swaziland) and PSI (Population Services International), we are scaling up the programme so that even infants – 30 000 are targeted- would be circumcised. [emphasis added]
It’s easy to meet a numerical target when the recipients can’t opt-out of your scheme. This makes me angry, of course. But it gets better:
“Mobilisation in communities has already been done such that chiefs are now sensitised about it. This programme is well funded by PEPFAR.”
My government, instituted to protect natural human rights, didn’t protect mine when I was born and now it takes my money and uses it to fund others who will violate those same natural rights of children born today.