Kenyan church official apologizes for calling HIV a "curse from God"

Archbishop apologizes for church's treatment of HIV-positive members.

BY Mike Grippi

March 18 2006 12:00 AM ET

Benjamin Nzimbi,
archbishop of the Anglican Church in Kenya, this week
apologized for the church previously calling HIV a
“curse from God” and for its persecution
of HIV-positive congregants, AllAfrica.com reports.
The Kenyan church’s position on HIV has been so
discriminatory that some HIV-positive members have
been excommunicated. Nzimbi, who was speaking at an
AIDS workshop in the capital, Nairobi, apologized for
the church’s actions and pledged to work to
break down HIV stigma throughout the country.
“We apologize for earlier abandoning our flock, which
was as a result of our ignorance of the disease, but
today we are more informed,” he said at the
workshop. (The Advocate)

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