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28 Stories of Aids in Africa

28 Stories of Aids in Africa - 07 edition

28 Stories of Aids in Africa - 07 edition

ISBN13: 9780802716750

ISBN10: 080271675X

28 Stories of Aids in Africa by Stephanie Nolen - ISBN 9780802716750
Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 07
Copyright: 2008
Publisher: Walker & Company
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International: No
28 Stories of Aids in Africa by Stephanie Nolen - ISBN 9780802716750

ISBN13: 9780802716750

ISBN10: 080271675X

Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 07

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Summary

For the past six years, Stephanie Nolen has traced AIDS across Africa, and 28 is the result: an unprecedented, uniquely human portrait of the continent in crisis. Through riveting, anecdotal stories, she brings to life men, women, and children involved in every AIDS arena, making them familiar to us in a way nobody else has. In the process, she explores the effects of an epidemic that well exceeds the Black Plague in scope, and the reasons why we must care about what happens.

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In every instance, Nolen has borne witness to the stories she relates, whether riding with truck driver Mohammed Ali on a journey across Kenya; following Tigist Haile Michael, a smart, shy fourteen-yearold Ethiopian orphan fending for herself and her baby brother on the slum streets of Addis Ababa; chronicling the efforts of Alice Kadzanja, an HIV-positive nurse in Malawi; or interviewing Nelson Mandela's family about coming to terms with his own son's death from AIDS. Nolen's stories reveal how the disease works and spreads; how it is inextricably tied to conflict and famine and to the diverse cultures it has ravaged; how treatment works, and how people who can't get treatment fight to stay alive with courage and dignity against huge odds. Imagine the entire combined population of New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles infected with HIV, and its magnitude in Africa is clear.

Writing with power and simplicity, Stephanie Nolen makes us listen, allows us to understand, and inspires us to care. Timely and transformative, 28: Stories of AIDS in Africa is essential reading for anyone concerned about the fate of humankind.

''I looked at AIDS in Africa for a long time before I understood what I was seeing. AIDS is not an event, or a series of them; it's a mirror held up to the cultures and societies we build.'' --Stephanie Nolen