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A Ugandan reads a copy of the Red Pepper tabloid newspaper in Kampala on Feb. 25, 2014. The Ugandan newspaper published a list of what it called the country's “200 top” homosexuals, outing some Ugandans who previously had not identified themselves as gay, one day after President Yoweri Museveni enacted a harsh anti-gay law.
A Ugandan reads a copy of the Red Pepper tabloid newspaper in Kampala on Feb. 25, 2014. The Ugandan newspaper published a list of what it called the country's “200 top” homosexuals, outing some Ugandans who previously had not identified themselves as gay, one day after President Yoweri Museveni enacted a harsh anti-gay law.
(Rebecca Vassie/Associated Press)

Robert Rotberg

How did so much of Africa become so intolerant so quickly?

Men walk hand in hand with other men throughout village Africa, and even in cities. Almost everywhere affection and love between men and between women has been common, and generally accepted. None of this behaviour has heretofore been in the closet, but now it must be, given draconian punishments recently mandated by legislation in Nigeria, Uganda, and other sub-Saharan countries.