Because it's where our kids are currently living, I've taken it upon myself to find out as much about Africa (and, of course, Ethiopia) as possible. Consequently we're amassing quite a little African video library.
Ghosts of Rwanda
Sometimes in April
Any other suggestions???
Africa's a rough place to live. War. Drought. Oppression. Corruption. Poverty. AIDS.
Tonight we watched Dear Francis. It documents the AIDS crisis in Swaziland, a tiny country of 1 million on the border of South Africa. AIDS is decimating their country.
- 53% of those between the ages of 15-23 are HIV positive. (yes, that's 53%!!!)
- There are currently 67,000 AIDS orphans. Experts project this number to increase to over 120,000 within the next 4-5 years (in a country of 1 million!!!)
- It is projected that 88% of current 15-year-old boys will be dead by 2015 because of AIDS.
Of course, we're interested specifically in Ethiopia. Of the 4.9 million orphans in Ethiopia, 744,000 are AIDS orphans. 3.5% of Ethiopia's population is infected with AIDS (that's 1.3 million people - and virtually the same percentage as Swaziland 10 years ago).
Source: Ethiopia AIDS Resource Center
This is THE humanitarian crisis of our generation. We've gotta do something, don't you think?