The Camp is being run by the National Coalition for Proper Human Sexual Rights and Family Values (NCPHSRFV).
Reports say that up to 400 people in Ghana are set to be ‘treated’ for homosexuality in an undisclosed location at an event titled: “Exploring the myths surrounding LGBT rights.”
All of the attendees are said to have signed up voluntarily, and the conferences aims to ‘reform’ them. Moses Foh-Amoaning, who leads the NCPHSRFV said: “400 men and women voluntarily surrendered themselves and registered with the coalition to undergo counselling after a sexual evangelism programme recently.”
The Daily Graphic, which is state-owned, also reported that Foh-Amoaning was planning on setting up the Holistic Sexual Therapy Unit, which will “deal with victims of homosexuality.”
Foh-Amoaning is also planning a paper, titled Who’s on the Lord’s Side, which would then be introduced to the parliament. He said: “We will make our punishment corrective instead of punitive.”
Despite some praise for the plans, others were against it. One man commented online: “Idiots who are supposed to know better yet acting otherwise, how can you keep doing the same failed endeavors over and over again and expect different results? I can’t wait for this joke in the name of therapy to blow up in your faces.”
Another wrote: “Gay conversion therapy DOESN’T WORK. How many times must this be tried for people to learn? We really need to have some mature conversations about these issues in Ghana, so we can be done with this rhetoric of ‘The Homosexual Boogeyman’.”
Homosexuality is illegal in Ghana and can be punished by up to three years in jail. Meanwhile, human rights activists say that people in the country are encouraged by the media and religious leaders to attack members of the LGBTQ community.
Recently, the President of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo, reassured church leaders that he had no plans to decriminalise homosexuality “The Church and the Government have to work together since we have the same aim,” he said.
“There should be no doubt in anybody’s mind that the men of God have the moral authority to hold the political leadership to scrutiny. It is important that we do not debase the principles we purport to uphold.”
Akufo-Addo then added: “I do not hesitate to state openly that I am a Christian in politics, and will continue to be so, a politician who is deeply influenced by Christian values… let us join hands together and build the happy and prosperous Ghana we all want. It is well within our reach.
“And, let me assure that this Government has no plans to change the law on same-sex marriage. We have no authority, and we will not seek any authority to do so.”