An American pastor has been exposed for reportedly giving out 'miracle water' to thousands of Ugandans, which contained bleach.
Robert Baldwin founder of a Christian nonprofit based in New Jersey and part-funded by Sam Little handed the 'miracle cure' out to at least 50,000 Ugandans claiming that the toxic fluid would eradicate HIV/Aids and other diseases. The liquid is being given to children as young as 14-months old.
According to the Guardian, Baldwin, 52, is importing bulk shipments of the components of MMS, sodium chlorite and citric acid, into Uganda from China. He then mixes the two chemicals to produce chlorine dioxide, which is a potent bleach used in the textile industry.
Baldwin has denied the allegations during a recent interview with NJ Advance Media:
"I had to shut everything down. I'm getting hate e-mail. People are calling me Satan," Baldwin told the news outlet. "All I wanted to do is help people using natural healing therapies."
He also claims that he was forced to disable his Global Healing Christian Missions website and social media sites after the story went viral.
Baldwin has denied that he was promoting MMS or any cure containing bleach but would not reveal exactly what was in his "miracle water."
“It’s so confusing to the average person,” Baldwin, 52, told NJ Advance Media. “I’m not giving any more ammunition (to critics)."
But according to the Guardian report, Fiona O’Leary, a campaigner against quack medicine who spoke to him while posing as a freelance journalist, says Baldwin said he distributed the bleach through churches to “stay under the radar”.
"When you draw attention to MMS you run the risk of getting in trouble … That’s why I set it up through the church," he told her.
“We don’t want to draw any attention. When you draw attention to MMS you run the risk of getting in trouble with the government or drug companies. You have to do it low key. That’s why I set it up through the church.”
O'Leary, along with several other activists and critics, is calling for Baldwin's prosecution.