I read quite a worrying article just now. Unless you know how to surf the Angola Press archives, I can’t give you the link. It’s titled: Rights group condemns use of AIDS in armed conflicts from 15/10/2006.
[Thanks to ATW's excellent search skills, the article link was found...thanks babe!]
Apparently in the Central African Republic (CAR), during their armed conflict, “Entire units of people suffering from AIDS are being formed in some armed groups with the mission to transmit the disease mainly to women, but also to men in the opposite side.... In the CAR, we met dozens of people contaminated by the AIDS virus during the October 2002 events marked with the arrival of Jean-Pierre Bemba`s mercenaries to support Ange F`lix Patass``s regime," Kaba recalled.
Kaba is Chairman Sidiki Kaba of the Human Rights Leagues Federation (FIDH) and he was expressing his concern about this being a new form of weapon in African conflicts. The article does only cite the example of CAR, and I am really hoping it is and will be the only case where such a horrendous and stupid practice takes place.
(There is also this article from the FIDH website: "Forgotten, stigmatised: double suffering of victims of international crimes").
Rape has been used for centuries as a weapon in war. Now, with AIDS added to this, populations are left post-conflict to deal not only with the psychological trauma but also the physical trauma and after-effects. As countries attempt to build themselves up again and restore order and normal living, vast amounts of their population might be dying from AIDS and the government will be expected to assist, even though it lacks the finances and infrastructure.
Meanwhile, I know you’re all following the Madonna adoption avidly, so I don’t see the reason to blog about it. I enjoyed this article about it, that examines various sides to the argument.
DID YOU KNOW: It is illegal for inter-country adoptions in Malawi but apparently rules were waived for the celeb.
Last night I told my folks about my attempt to adopt a streetchild. My mother just kept repeating, “You’re crazy. Crazy. Crazy. Crazy” while laughing. I told her that best she is saving for that day when I need a shrink after the worrying effects she wrecks on me.
My dad got very worried and tried to explain to me that the kid would have great psychological problems throughout life and that people adopt babies, not children. Then my mom started saying, “yes, like a stray dog….they never really grow out of the trauma of being abandoned”…my child is not a stray dog!
They took me completely seriously which means they really believe that I have it in me to adopt a random streetkid at 3am …and they know me best…uh oh.