One Basket, One Wish: Living with AIDS in Rwanda
Xlibris Corporation, Mar 1, 2005 - Fiction - 36 pages
This is the story of one little boy in Rwanda who is orphaned because of AIDS. It is a fictional story, but the reality of thousands of such cases in Rwanda and in all of Africa is documented. The projected figures indicate that the AIDS epidemic is going to worsen, creating more orphans, more children raising their brothers and sisters, and more very sick children. In Rwanda the situation has been intensified by the effects of the 1994 war and genocide.The author/illustrator spent many hours researching the material for this book. She realizes she has only scratched the surface of the real struggle to survive in Rwanda, but it is a struggle, not a total defeat, and there are some in the international community whose support ensures that there will be survival. The Rwandans do weave peace baskets from sisal and other natural fibers. These baskets are made in a centuries-old style and have designs woven into them using natural dyes. Inside each basket is a message of peace which best expresses the hopes of the Rwandan people at this time. These baskets may be found for sale at several websites by searching for "basket weaving in Rwanda," or "Rwandese baskets." The sale of the handmade peace baskets is helping the Rwandans earn the money to live and to purchase medicine.This book is dedicated to those who heal the sick and comfort the sorrowful by their work and presence in Rwanda and in all of Africa.These books have been self-published by the author/illustrator so that all the books and the entire revenue from their sale may be donated directly to the groups actively involved in alleviating the suffering from AIDS in Africa.
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