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Children of AIDS: Africa's Orphan Crisis Paperback – July 20, 2003

ISBN-13: 978-0745320755 ISBN-10: 0745320759 Edition: Second Edition

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Pluto Press; Second Edition edition (July 20, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0745320759
  • ISBN-13: 978-0745320755
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.3 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,457,880 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Deadlier than war, deadlier than tyranny, deadlier than even malaria, AIDS is silently tearing Africa apart," writes Guest in the preface to this riveting account of a continental plight the world has not sufficiently considered. Guest, a freelance writer on AIDS-related matters, refrains from discussing how adults battle with and die from the disease and instead concentrates on the neglected and perhaps most helpless and vulnerable victims of the AIDS epidemic: the millions of street orphans from all over Africa, especially in such sub-Saharan countries as South Africa, Zambia, and Uganda. Often subjective and rarely conforming to the rigors of social science research, Guest's work fuses the case-study method with a flair for storytelling, attacking the real problems by drawing inspiration from the stories of real people. She also investigates the social, political, and economic forces at work in the ongoing struggle to keep the disease from spreading. This much-needed perspective is recommended for public and academic libraries. Edward K. Owusu-Ansah, Coll. of Staten Island Lib., CUNY
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'This brave and moving book forces us to open our eyes to the full extent of the devastation that AIDS is causing in Africa. Through the words of AIDS orphans and those struggling to cope with the flood of unwanted children, Children of AIDS serves as a wake-up call for the international community.' --Susan Sarandon
'An important and timely book on a devastating crisis.' ---Fergal Keane
'Guest compresses her research on this enormously explosive crisis into a short and tightly structured book ... Her book will help to give a fuller understanding of the orphan crisis.' --The Sunday Independent, South Africa
'The author, a perceptive analyst of the ongoing AIDS tragedy, presents case studies of organized responses in three countries hit hard by the epidemic: Uganda, Zambia and South Africa. By exploring the social reality behind the numbing statistics, she makes possible more informed speculation about the economic, social and psychological impact of the disease in coming decades.' --Foreign Affairs

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By craig stewart on November 8, 2001
Format: Paperback
Occasionally in the past I've read newspaper articles reporting that there are African countries where one person in four is HIV positive, or where a third of the population is expected to die of AIDS. Somehow, these extraordinary numbers never quite seemed real to me. Until I read this book.
Children of Aids is just a collection of stories, but they are all true, and they are more moving than any fiction I've read for years. There's the Kenyan girl who sells her virginity for an apple, because no one has ever given her a present. There's an extraordinary 17 year old whose parents died of AIDS and who is now left raising her brothers in a dusty South African township. And there's a Zambian grandmother who's lost five out of eight of her children to what she believes is witchcraft.
Guest has taken the trouble to listen to a lot of people's stories, and she recounts them with warmth, sympathy and a page-turning narrative style. Her great achievement is to take a global calamity and show what it means for ordinary individuals.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Morris Goldstein on July 16, 2007
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Emma Guest is an extraordinary writer and a superlative interviewer. In her capable hands, a tragedy of horrific proportions---almost too enormous for any one person to comprehend---is discussed through the experiences of individual human beings, so that what is a global health disaster becomes a series of brilliant essays about one person and one family at a time. Politicians and World Bank officials are wont to use vast statistics to make their points, whilst a sensitive, extraordinary writer such as Emma Guest has gone into the heart of the continent of Africa to interview, with enormous sensitivity and empathy, the hapless children who, through absolutely no action of their own, have been dealt a tragic hand. This is a rare book by a rare human being, who has used her time in Africa to elucidate the fate of millions through the stories of a well-selected few.
I cannot praise this book highly enough: I can only recommend it without reservation to readers from all countries, but especially the richer nations of the planet, so that they may truly understand the crisis that is afflicting so many innocent children. A truly brilliant book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Carib Reader on August 10, 2008
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This is one of the best books I have ever read about the AIDS crises. Reading this book it is hard to believe that this is happening in our world, in the 21st century.
The stories are sad and heart breaking, they bring you close to tears. This book makes you want to get up and do something for those neglected and abandoned children. It makes you realize how lucky you are if you have a roof over your head, food, clothes, good health and a family.
And if all of us "lucky" people would only spend a little bit of time, love and money to help those kids, all this suffering would not be necessary.
This book actually provides names & addresses/websites you can contact if you really want to help. So go out and buy this book, you don't even have to read it, just help some of those children!!
This book is out of print - get it while it is still available!!!!!
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Deborah Owen on November 24, 2009
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The book was in excellent condition although it was rated "good" and I was extremely pleased with the speedy service. Thank you very much. I will look forward to doing business with you again. :)
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