28: Stories of AIDS in Africa

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Bloomsbury Publishing USA, May 26, 2009 - Political Science - 384 pages
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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. And 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.

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-year-old 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 population of New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles combined 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.
 

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Anyway, the book (other than the omission of the pages) was truly amazing. I was recommended it by a friend and I have an interest in that sort of thing so I bought it and I honestly didn't think I ... Read full review

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The fluid movement of the AIDS cases that the author encounters in Africa are a perfect example of how great non-fiction is written. The books reads as quickly as any work of fiction, except the ... Read full review

Contents

SIPHIWE H LOPHE
19
TIGIST HAILE MICHAEL
31
MOHAMMED ALI
41
H LOLO
53
REGINE MAMBA
67
LYDIA MUN GHERERA
73
No SEBISABA
83
CHRISTINE AMISI
99
WINSTONE ZULU
211
AGNES MUNYIVA
225
MPHO SEGO MELA
239
GIDEON BYAMUG ISHA
257
IDA MUKUKA
269
ANITA MAN HIQA
277
MORO LAKE ODETOYINBO
289
MOLEEN MUDIMU
297

MANUEL COSSA
113
CYNTHIA LE SHOMO
125
MFANIMPELA THLABATSE
137
ALICE KADZANJA
155
ZACKIE ACHMAT
167
LEFA KHOELE
187
PONTIANO KALEEBU
197
IBRAHIM UMORU
309
THOKOZANI MTHIYAN E
331
Epilogue
347
Glossary
354
How You Can Help
360
Acknowledgments
368
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About the author (2009)

Stephanie Nolen is the award-winning Africa bureau chief for Toronto's Globe and Mail, and one of only three journalists in the world wholly dedicated to the AIDS story. She has reported from more than forty countries around the world, and won Canada's National Newspaper Award for International Reporting two years in a row. Nolen was the recipient of the 2003 and 2004 Amnesty International Award for Human Rights Reporting, for reports from war zones in Uganda and Sudan, and also won the Markwell Award of the International Society of Political Psychology for her "creative brilliance, humanitarian compassion, personal courage, and relentless pursuit of truth." She is the author of Promised the Moon: The Untold Story of the First Women in the Space Race and Shakespeare's Face. She lives in Johannesburg, South Africa.

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