Monday, February 05, 2007

A miracle worker in khaki?

I hate posting articles like this because they inadvertantly perpetuated western stereotypes about the African continent. But it's hard to ignore such dangerous absurdity from a head of state. Gambia's leader Yahya Jammeh recently claimed that he could cure AIDS in a few days.

Before a gathering of foreign diplomats, the military strongman said, "I can treat asthma and HIV/Aids... Within three days the person should be tested again and I can tell you that he/she will be negative."

Such lunacy might be easily dismissed if made by a quack doctor but when it comes from the military leader of a small country who expects people to follow his orders, it's not a good sign for those who take the fight against HIV-AIDS seriously.

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