Turning a blind eye

by Lisa Donovan

Thembi recording her audio diary in Khayelitsha township.
Photo of Thembi Nguban

I think it is human nature to force out, or simply ignore, tragedy that it not our own. This is not the most upbeat way to start the week, but something that has been on my mind for a great deal of time.

I had heard a piece on NPR about an African woman named Thembi. For a year she kept a recorded diary of her experience as a woman living with AIDS - she began the journal at the age of 19 when a producer met her during a more general interview he was doing about the AIDS culture in Africa. I sat in my car, very late for work, and could not pry myself away from the radio. Her story captivated and saddened me. It was an awakening - it reminded me that even though this was not my story that it was still something I should be actively aware and responsive about. I urge you to go and listen to her story - and to remember that it could be you or someone you know one day. Get active.

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This entry was posted on Monday, May 22nd, 2006 at 9:46 am and is filed under Social Justice. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.

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