Cultural Survivability - Is Africa dead?

From: Michael Wiik (
Date: Mon Jan 24 2000 - 08:53:56 MST

I saw this TV news segment the other day that had some disturbing news
about AIDS in Africa. In one part, it said that tribal medicine men were
telling HIV+ males that having sex with young girls (preferably virgins)
would cure them. To me, this relates to the idea of children as a
'poison box', explained at:

Further, of course, there is the continuing practice of female
circumcision which has been linked to the spread of AIDS. Combining
this with intolerance between different tribal groups and recent
genocides in Africa it suggests to me that Africa retains cultural
aspects which is very dangerous to long-term survivability.

Any thoughts?


Michael Wiik
Messagenet Communications Research
Washington DC Area Internet and WWW Consultants

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