An African woman's open letter to Melinda Gates
A robust response from an African Catholic woman to the contraception, sterilisation and abortion agenda of the Melinda Gates Foundation has come to the attention of the Vatican after receiving praise on US radio shows and from African bishops.
Obianuju Ekeocha, known as "Uju", a 32-year-old Nigerian haemotologist currently living in Canterbury, Kent, is one of 17 on the Catholic Voices National Speakers' Training Programme 2012 which began last weekend in the West of England.
The article, which was published in the Catholic Herald on 24 August, is now on the site of the Vatican's Council for the Laity.
In it Uju powerfully rejects a massive spending plan which reflects narrow western ethics rather than the interests of Africa.
"I see this $4.6 billion buying us misery," she writes. "I see it buying us unfaithful husbands. I see it buying us streets devoid of the innocent chatter of children. I see it buying us disease and untimely death. I see it buying us a retirement without the tender loving care of our children."
"Please Melinda, listen to the heart-felt cry of an African woman and mercifully channel your funds to pay for what we REALLY need."