Last year, to mark World AIDS Day I posted a video and made a comment that AIDS was not something that happened only in far away countries and that it affects us all. This year I want to focus on the case of Africa.
In the Fall of 2005 I had the opportunity to hear Stephen Lewis deliver the final of his Massey Lectures. I confess I hadn’t heard much about Lewis by that point but his passionate speech was enough to get my attention. I’ve since read the other lectures, which have been published as The Race Against Time: Searching for Hope in AIDS-Ravaged Africa and I strongly recommend it. And so does Wikipedia, for that matter (the wikipedia article is actually very good). Since then, Stephen Lewis has traveled far and wide to disseminate the message about how critical it is to do something now. Over 6,000 people die every day in Africa because of AIDS. In many towns and villages a whole generation has been wiped out, leaving mostly children and the elderly.