Stories of AIDS in Africa

Book - 2007
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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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Click here to listen to an interview with author Stephanie Nolen, as she talks about some of the people she has met covering AIDS in Africa.

Publisher: New York : Walker & Co., 2007.
Edition: 1st U.S. ed.
ISBN: 9780802715982
Branch Call Number: 614.599392
WC503.7 N791t 2007
Characteristics: 375 p. : maps, ports. ; 24 cm.


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Sep 13, 2011

These are haunting and powerful stories that help us understand the great toll in human suffering caused by AIDS.

Stephanie Nolen writes, "The most valuable thing that you can do to fight the AIDS pandemic in Africa is to talk about it".

These stories can facilitate those conversations with others because they go so beyond the facts and figures, and offer something tangible.

Sep 13, 2011

These stories gave me a glimpse into the personal lives that are affected by this enormous problem. When one reads the news and statistics, the problem seems far away, the people are anonymous, TIA ("This is Africa"). But, as I read these stories, I thought to myself, this could be me, how would I cope? Stephanie Nolen also conveys hope in story after story of people who rise to the occasion, and who demonstrate leadership and courage. She suggests ways to help and I think after reading this book, most people will want to do something.

Feb 27, 2009

Stephanie Nolen has crafted a series of haunting, absorbing and deeply moving profiles of people from many walks of life and circumstances (from a truck driver to a doctor to a beleagured grandmother to Nelson Mandela), all dealing with the scourge of HIV/AIDS in their lives and communities. I anticipated that this book might be a depressing read, but the individuals profiled are engaging and inspiring, even as their stories wrench at your heart.

Still, the societal forces that continue to allow the disease to spread through neglect, fear, prejudice, ignorance and worse are infuriating, and *that* is depressing. What the 28 individuals exemplify and what Nolen exhorts at the end of the book is that the most vital thing we can all do to fight this pandemic is to fearlessly and persistently talk about it. She also details and personally endorses AIDS care and treatment organizations in Africa that probably deserve everyone's support.


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