Facebook Watch: The majority says “We don’t celebrate that in our country,” A few say “US compound is US territory”-South Sudanese reactions to LGBTQ flag at US embassy in Juba
South Sudanese was infuriated on Facebook at the United States embassy in Juba. The embassy recently posted on its Facebook page a picture of the LGBTQ flag flying at the embassy’s compound.
The post seen by NCMP on the US embassy in Juba Facebook page was accompanied by a message “For #PrideMonth2021 we are proudly flying the Pride flag at U.S. Embassy Juba. This rainbow flag commemorates decades of struggle for equal rights for sexual and gender minorities. It also represents our firm belief in the inherent dignity and equal rights of all people,”
South Sudanese, on Facebook, expressed their objection and dissatisfaction with the post on the embassy page and demand that the flag be removed, also urging the United States embassy in Juba not to bring the LGBTQ advocacy to South Sudan.
Below are few comments of South Sudanese:
Malith Gong: don’t bring Your nonsense to our country we’re still too traditional. why do you want to expand homosexuality to the world and it’s not everyone’s interest?
Nicola Flariyano: Kalam farik, what belong to USA leave it in USA. We are called South SUDANESE so move away with your devil’s practices
Kaidi Cleto Rial: We should not act as if LGBTQ does not exist on our communities. At least some countries are giving them rights and as humans their fundamental rights must be respected. Thank you U.S. Embassy, South Sudan for flying the flag. It will give hope to many who are silently suffering abuse.
Emmanuel Stephen: Here, the US government still trying to shove down our throats what it calls a human right. This LGBT is the least of our concern here in South Sudan.
Malcolm Taban Mading: This is absolutely nonsense. We’re a polygamous society but the South Sudanese embassy in America has never one day, not even for a second advocated for polygamy in America because we know it’s not part of your culture or so called rights. But now the US embassy in Juba is advocating for something which is against our moral values. This is sad and we’ll never ever accept this nonsense no matter what! you MUST know that. There’s no any amount of intimidation, threats of aid cut or sanctions that will make us accept this evil thing. Just keep what your culture and constitution tolerates, and we’ll keep what our culture allows. You can’t tell us on one hand that marrying many wives is bad but on the other hand tells us that same sex marriage is Okay, even a fool can not agree with you on this.
Michael Pitya Loro: By the way, inside the US compound is US territory, not South Sudan. If the flag was flown outside the Embassy, then you would have had the right to chastise them.
Isaac Madeng Abraham: The system of our shared values, beliefs, customs, and behaviors that we use to cope with one another (our culture) doesn’t have a vacancy for this devilish and ungodly campaign,” said of the US statement.
June is commemorated worldwide in memory of the Stonewall riots, a series of spontaneous demonstrations by members of the gay community in response to a police raid that began in the early hours of June 28, 1969, at the Stonewall Inn in the neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City.