Why Should You Care?
Why should we care about HIV/AIDS in Africa? Why not focus on cancer, tuberculosis, diabetes, or heart disease? For a very simple reason: HIV carries a stigma that other diseases don’t carry.
No one ever gets banished from her village because she’s infected with tuberculosis. No one loses his job simply because of malaria. No relatives refuse to care for children whose parents were killed in an accident. But all of those things and more happen on a daily basis where HIV/AIDS is involved.
Not only does HIV carry stigma and shame, but it is preventable.
Our world is becoming more interconnected. The barriers of borders and landscapes are being more and more surpassed as new technology develops, and the nations of the world and the people of them become more connected with one another, and rely more on each other, forming a complicated web of dependency and communication and diplomacy. You should care about the people in Africa because we are connected to them.
It has been widely acknowledged that the AIDS crisis in Africa will never be solved if African nations must rely solely and indefinitely on the economic support of the rest of the world. The role of the rest of the world should be to provide aid until such time as Africa can create internal solutions. “The Road We Know” is a film that shows Africans taking responsibility for Africa; young people who have decided that true change can only come from within their own youth culture. We, as citizens of a nation that provides billions of dollars of aid to Africa every year, should be encouraging more local problem-solving and more internal aid.