Thursday, February 16, 2006
I have a dear friend living in Addis Ababa with his wife and children and he's been telling me it's a new climate of fear and discouragement, after some years of hope. I won't name him here, but for his family's sake, I want to focus attention on this.
Here is an action that can be taken by anyone who would like to write a letter to the Prime Minister of Ethiopia. The action is written for young people, but at this time of the day, that's just about the right level for me...
In addition, here is an Ethiopian blog that leads to lots of current information and articles (excuse the plethora of ads).
Just think of how much good could be done in that country with the $ blown in Iraq.
A lot of the countries were really trying, but when you have NOTHING, and the worst diseases in the world, and no medicine to cure diseases that have been wiped out, well, things get a little rough.
We have to do something, but step one, GET OUT OF IRAQ!
Thanks for the links to the action and to the Ethiopian blog. It will provide some interesting reading.
Today the EU pressed Ethiopia’s parties to negotiate an end to the political crisis triggered by disputed results of last year’s elections and a subsequent crackdown on government’s critics.
I hope this helps a little too. I believe they need water and food, not money. Corruption as allways stands in the way..
It seems ironic that the very cradle of civilisation, our roots, should be to day an area subject to so much despair. I think the corruption is an outward sign of an inner collapse.
We have seen it played out in history many times in the failure of past civilisations that fight to gain power over the remnants, as human rights abuses continue. But the rest of the world can’t afford to stand back and watch these tragedies unfold, aid is needed to these countries to stem the inner collapse which lessens the likelihood of corruption and provides a rescue bridge away from its systemic spread.
I think Africa is a beautiful continent. I had the joy of teaching many African students for all parts of the continent when I was a professor. I found them to be interesting, hard-working, fun-loving people, and I loved reading their papers. I think these people get overlooked in the West because of poverty and AIDS, and I think that's unfortunate. I know that their young people have much to offer.
Stephen Lewis, the UN Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa is a passionately committed man to this cause (Canadian). I have seen him speak and he wept with the audience (literally). He's reaching the end of his rope on this one - such small steps and such suffering. Here's the link to his foundation http://www.stephenlewisfoundation.org/
See the Cost of Iraq War ticker on my site (and many of yours)? There should be a ticker with those kind of numbers for Money Spent on AIDS in Africa...
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