More than 13 million children have been orphaned by AIDS
in Africa; UNAIDS (the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS) predicts that
by 2010 25-50 million African children under the age of 15 will be orphaned; in
a dozen African countries, up to a quarter of the nation's children will be
When Melissa Fay Green started to research There Is No Me Without You
was driven by a simple question: Who will raise the millions of children
currently orphaned, let alone the generations to come? Who will pack them
school lunches? Who will comfort them when they have nightmares? Who
will help millions of children avoid lines of servitude and prostitution?
Who will pass on to them the traditions of their culture and religion, of
history and government, of craft and profession? Who will help them to
grow up to make the right choices for...
Beyond the Book
A Short History of Ethiopia
The Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia (historically known as
Abyssinia) is located in east Africa, on the "Horn of Africa" (map).
Once an important trade route due to its location on the Red Sea, it has been
landlocked since 1993, when the province of Eritrea gained independence.
It is the oldest independent country in Africa (and is unique in that it was
never colonized), the second-oldest official Christian nation (after Armenia)
and one of the 51 original members of the United Nations. Its capital is
Addis Ababa (pronounced ah-deece ah-bah-bah). With a landmass a little
over twice the size of Texas and a population of about 75 million, it is the
third most populous country in Africa (after Nigeria and Egypt) and the...