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Gambia President Cures Aids On Thursdays

From the weirdly sceptical folks at Al Jazeera:

Gambia’s faith in miracle cures

Welcome to Gambia. Land of sun, sea, sand and a president who cures Aids.

Yahya Jammeh is commander in chief of the armed forces, secretary of state for defence and chief custodian of the sacred constitution of Gambia.

Now he is a self-styled miracle worker.

He claims that he has a “mandate”, handed down by his father, to cure Aids – as long as it is a Thursday.

Asthma sufferers can also be cured, but only on a Saturday.

“I get rid of the virus from the body of the human being and that’s what I do,” he says.

“I feel a great burden, a big sense of responsibility … There are people that come in a very bad condition. Knowing that they only have their hope in me, is a big burden. Morally, spiritually and psychologically.”

Jammeh has ruled Gambia since seizing power in a military coup in 1994. He was 26 years old at the time.

He has won a series of elections since, but is slowly tightening his grip on power. The media are restricted and opposition politicians have reported being harassed…

Like other countries on the continent, Aids looms large in Gambia. About 20,000 people here have HIV, the virus which leads to Aids.

Since January, when Jammeh revealed his mandate to cure, he has spent every spare minute healing his people.

Outside Statehouse, the president’s home, people wait for hours in the heat until he is ready to see them.

And the government seems to have swallowed the president’s bizarre – and dangerous – claims.

“We work with the asthma patients and patients infected with HIV and Aids up till three, four o’clock in the morning,” says Dr Tamsir Mbowe, Gambia’s health minister…

Jammeh’s treatment programme uses a secret concoction of ointments, herbs, bananas, peanuts and prayer.

Before a patient can receive the presidential treatment for HIV/Aids, they must agree not to take conventional anti-retroviral drugs.

During the treatment, Jammeh takes on the role of doctor – sprinkling the conversation with questions about stomach pains and toilet habits.

A greyish liquid made with herbs in an old water bottle is rubbed into the patient before the final stage of the treatment. These are not the sterile surroundings of your average doctor’s surgery.

Every step is followed by Gambian television and broadcast to the nation.

Jammeh insists that his recipe remain a secret.

“Whether African, Asian or somebody from space, an alien, I will not give it to them. Coca-Cola will not give their recipe to anybody, whether American or non-American.”

Africa is a different world. 

Since January, when Jammeh revealed his mandate to cure, he has spent every spare minute healing his people.

Why bother if his cures only work on Thursdays and Saturdays?

That’s not very scientific.

This article was posted by Steve on Sunday, May 13th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “Gambia President Cures Aids On Thursdays”

  1. Steve says:

    Mr. Limbaugh just mentioned this archival post.

  2. Reality Bytes says:

    Yeah, & if you stick a broom up his a*.*, he can sweep the floors too.

    ;-)

  3. jobeth says:

    RB..You been talkin’ to my husband?….He says that to me every time my “honey do” list gets too long! LOL

    “Jammeh’s treatment programme uses a secret concoction of ointments, herbs, bananas, peanuts….”

    Welcome to the 21st century. Seems to fit right in with the enlightenment of Sharia Law.

    Coca Cola..huh..? What a comparison. Makes perfect sense to me! =8-}


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