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NAIROBI, Kenya (RNS) At prayer healing services in some Pentecostal churches, pastors invite people infected with HIV to come forward for a public healing, after which they burn the person’s anti-retroviral medications and declare the person cured.

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Fredrick Nzwili

Fredrick Nzwili

Fredrick Nzwili is a journalist based in Nairobi, Kenya. For more than 15 years, he has written about religion, politics, peace and conflict, development, security, environment and wildlife. His articles have appeared in international media organizations among others; The Tablet, The Christian Science Monitor, The National Geographic and Kenyan local newspapers; The Standard and the People Daily.


  1. Thanks to magical thinking, what little treatment available for HIV victims in Africa could be rendered useless by drug resistant strains developing. The Pentecostal pastors in the article are literally engaged in a death cult.

  2. First, this is just another sad prime example of why all religion, even the most innocuous ones imaginable is still pure poison to the human race.