Bono -This is a formidable book... The stories will tear you apart before putting you back together, fully-armed and ready to go to war with a virus more dangerous than any WMD --This text refers to the Paperback edition. John le Carre -Magnificent, inspiring, informative. Nolen opens the essential door to the brave, suffering, human reality of ...
Bono -This is a formidable book... The stories will tear you apart before putting you back together, fully-armed and ready to go to war with a virus more dangerous than any WMD --This text refers to the Paperback edition. John le Carre -Magnificent, inspiring, informative. Nolen opens the essential door to the brave, suffering, human reality of the African AIDS crisis --This text refers to the Paperback edition."
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Publishers Weekly, 2007-03-05 According to UNAIDS, the number of HIV-infected people in Africa is 28 million. But Nolen, veteran Toronto Globe & Mail Africa bureau chief, doesn't believe it: after nine years of reporting on the epidemic, she thinks that number is conservative. Here she offers 28 searing portraits of Africans affected by the deadly virus. Scattered across the continent from the slums of Lagos, Nigeria, to the bush in southern Zambia, these Africans present a mosaic of a continent in crisis and a collective cry for help. She examines the role of soldiers, a "key vector" for AIDS, through the tale of Andualam Ayalew, a commando who was kicked out of the Ethiopian army after testing positive for HIV. He learned of AIDS prevention at a clinic and, risking arrest, returned to his unit to teach his former comrades and other soldiers about using condoms. Agnes Munyiva, a prostitute for 30 years, who has had contact with thousands of men in a slum outside Nairobi, Kenya, does not have HIV. Her natural immunity has brought doctors and researchers from as far away as Canada to study her.With a seasoned journalist's finesse, Nolen effortlessly weaves technical information-health statistics, disease data, NGO reports-into these deeply intimate glimpses of people often overlooked in the flood of contemporary media. Nolen's book packs a real emotional wallop. Photos, map. (June) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
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