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By Belliah K Theise 

February 28 2008

b6_edited.jpegThe entire world is in search of the cure for HIV AIDS, the deadly disease that is wiping out  mankind. The puzzle is, no one seem to know the root cause. There are only speculations without facts.

For a country like  Zambia, AIDS has become a nightmare. HIV AIDS in Zambia is a biggest problem. For the past ten years Zambia has been ranked with the highest rate of death due to HIV AIDS. 

During the 1970 to early 80’s,  HIV – AIDS was a  rare disease in Zambia. It only became well known in the late 80’s and early 90’s.  Particularly, when West Africans began to migrate to Zambia for greener pastures for “Mana” (Emeralds) from the mines. Mass Immigration from West Africans Invaded  Zambia in  Mid 80’s. because of the discovery of Emerald mines. They brought with them, their beliefs of marrying more than one woman as a sign of riches.  

West Africans started marrying Zambian women, as their second , third or fourth wives for shelter, and Slowly cases of AIDS patients began to surface in hospitals. In no short time ,the unknown disease spread  in Zambia. In the late 80’s cases of HIV AIDS deaths began to rise. 

Most women started losing their West African husbands, due to deportation. The Zambian women were left behind with their children born from West Africans. Zambian women bounced back to the local Zambian married men, who made them girl friends.

AIDS began to Kill women, children and most married men in Zambia. The spreading of the deadly disease affected most of the copper-belt province were most West Africans settled and established small business.  

Eventually, some became big shots, as they travelled back and forth to France and the United States to sell their small fortune. Some acquired homes, and employed local Zambian men. 

In no time the disease began to spread across the country. This was a beginning of distress. Today life expectancy in Zambia is between 32-35 year. It has the highest rate of Death in the entire world. The question is why ?

We will get into that in the next week Article titled:

A look at Zambian’s life style and Culture. What Has contributed to the high rate of HIV AIDS

What are some of the factors? 

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BBC NEWS

Senegal ‘gay wedding’ men freed

Men holding hands

Homosexuality is illegal in Muslim-majority Senegal

Police in Senegal have released several men arrested over the publication of pictures said to depict a wedding ceremony between two men.No official reason has been given for their release.

The pictures were published in Icone magazine, whose editor, Mansour Dieng, has since received death threats.

Homosexuality is illegal in Senegal but it is not clear whether the arrests were in connection with the ceremony or the death threats.

Mr Dieng has also been questioned by police over the issue.

The BBC’s Tidiane Sy in Senegal said that at least five of those arrested appeared in the photographs.

The ceremony is believed to have involved a Senegalese man and another from Ghana or the Ivory Coast, who has not yet been found.

Mr Dieng told Africa Global News that he published the pictures to prove that an earlier article on homosexuality in Senegal was true.

Senegal is a predominantly Muslim country and gay men and women remain socially marginalised.

BBC Report

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