Aids Testing

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Aids Testing

As if the AIDS crisis is not enough, we now have genocides on our continent happening over and over, and maybe over again. We are just trying to get over the colonization hump, braindrain, malaria, road fatalities, lagging development, economic rollercoasters, billions in debt, tribal issues and what else....we can keep listing.
I am bothered by something. You know some movies you leave the theater with an awakening and some resignation. Hotel Rwanda is one of those that leave you with both.
Never again! They said after Rwanda, but now we have Sudan....oh wait I forgot it is 'Never again depending on the race of the people being killed'.

As the UN debate and discuss if this is genocide or not and wait till the deaths reach the magic number, we just have to sit and wait till another crisis pops up. That is the African story.

There is enough blame to go around to everyone even you sitting there reading this. But in reality do we even really care? After Congo, Rwanda, Cote d'voire, Sudan, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Liberia, Somalia, Ethiopia, Eritrea it gets to a point the death tolls are just that, numbers. After 911 I wondered if the same thing had happened in Africa somewhere (which it did in Tanzania and Kenya) but to the same scale how different would the reactions be.
So as an African living abroad, is my life worth more now that I am living in America? When I read the BBC Africa and the story is about a woman who was raped several times, has lived in a refugee camp for years and does not know where her family is because some were killed others in other refugee camps can I really identify? Or is she an African woman who just happened to be born in the wrong country. Why is it that fate decided you be where you are and she were she is? I am guessing if you search hard you have more in common with her than you think. She is a woman? An African? Black? A family member? A human being?
For some of us, it could have been me.