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Heroines and Heroes
It must be understood, without any hint of heady romanticism, that Africa in the 1950s and 1960s, when I was most impressionable, was a continent of vitality, growth and boundless expectation. It got into your blood, your viscera, your heart. You can understand, therefore, how painful it is to visit my beloved Africa under present day circumstances. It’s not just the ruinous economic and social decline, it’s the ravaging of the pandemic; it’s the way in which a communicable disease called AIDS has taken countries by the throat and reduced them to spectral caricatures of their former selves. I have to say that the ongoing plight of Africa forces me to perpetual rage. It’s all so unnecessary, so crazy that hundreds of millions of people should be thus abandoned. From Race Against Time, Stephen Lewis United Nations Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa.