GO figure. Mauritania never makes the news, and after less than 2 months of living in this country, the military arrests the President and Prime Minister and makes Yahoo’s Main Page. Even living out in the bush, we were aware of the situation less than an hour after it happened. We actually even found out before some of the trainees in Rosso, the region capital. It’s not violenty serious, and we are all safe here, I’m more just excited to be around while this is all going on. I never would have imagined I could say, I’ve lived in a country through a coup d’etat. But then again, I’ve never lived so close to refugees, never had to do 101+ things that are new to me here. Anyway, I haven’t been home with my family since it happened, but my language teacher didn’t seem too worried since it’s bloodless.
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So the reason I’m in Rosso today was to have a joint tech session with Health on Aids and HIV in Mauritania and Africa. What I came away with is that fear and ignorance are what fuels the discrimination that inhibits many from being treated and from future prevention. In a way, that discrimination and prejudice is inevitable if those without the factual information of its transmission don’t want to get it, but some of the stories we heard from an actual women who came to speak who has the disease were so heart-breaking. Before she found out she had it, she was like everyone else with their “it’s not my problem attitude” but she feels like it was fate that know she is a part of its treatment and prevention, she considers it, not a gift,but a wake-up call to take action. She seemed so strong and confident and sure; quite inspiring to say the least.
In other personal news, Jackie told me a good quote today: “Don’t go looking at someone else’s porch until you’ve swept your own”–or something along those lines.