"There is no me with out you"
This is a freakishly great book. The adoption agency we are using sent this to us. I wish every person I know could read this book.
It's kinda like the book Red Letters, you read it and know that it will change people if only they read it. But it is also one of the best written books I have read in a long time. This author has an amazing talent for being able to take you into the lives of the people and also take you into the history of how Ethiopia got to this awful place in time.
Honestly, I pray you will read this book.
Here are just a few exerts;
"..He and his wife, Emebate, also an orphan, had made a life here, on a square of sidewalk. When it rained, they lay flat and pulled a length of plastic over themselves and their baby.
Eskender held the hand of a swaggering stocky little fellow, his son, the crown prince of the neighborhood..he skipped as if he owned the world. He did own this stretch of sidewalk, everybody knew him. The name Mintesinot meant "what could he not do?" When Minty needed a nap, he climbed over the humble barricade protecting his blankets-it was like a play fort..-and passersby tried to be quieter, reminding one another, "baby is sleeping". .. Gerrida unfolded a packet of official papers from her handbag and held them out to Eskender. The young father read the orders and gave a sad smile. He held out his son's hand to Haregewoin....Clearly this child was his whole life..but he knew this day would come. He grasped that people in good health had arrived to take away his son. He lowered himself into his lonely knot of blankets. The whole neighborhood looked poorer as we departed with Mintesinot; the father had lost his only treasure."
"although in the Western industrialized states HIV/AIDS has become a chronic condition rather than a death sentence, in Africa a generation of parents, teachers, principals, physicians, nurses, professors, spiritual leaders, musicians, poets, bureaucrats, coaches, farmers, bankers, and business owners are being erased."
"It is hard to look past the simulated docudramas, television "news magazines", and mock -reality memoirs designed to distract us in a thousand ways while making us feel engaged with true stories. America wrestles with it's obesity crisis to such an extent that Americans forget there are worse weight problems on earth than obesity."
"Today in 2006, 4.7 million people in Africa are in immediate need of the lifesaving AIDS drugs and only 500,000 have access to them. Sixty-six hundred Africans are dying every day of AIDS. The most recent UNICEF report states that, in Zimbabwe, a child dies of AIDS or is Orphaned by AIDS every twenty minutes."
"..cost about $20 billion per year to control the pandemic but the world's richest countries contributed less than $5 billion to fight global AIDS in 2003.Broader interventions-fair trade, alleviation of unjust debt, the sharing of medical discoveries, and the support of the Global Fund to combat AIDS, tuberculosis and Malaria (the Global Fund) by our rich governments-are the indispensable steps toward generating fewer orphans in the first place, and so far, the affluent world has not stepped up."
"By 2010, between twenty-five million and fifty million African children, from newborn to age fifteen, would be orphans."