Friday, August 10, 2007
it took me a while to get around to watching it but what a worthwhile movie. there were a few things that i think i as a south african probably appreciated more than most international viewers. for one, the accent that leonardo pulled off and maintained for the whole movie was almost spot on. not just the accent mind you, but some of the idiosyncracies of how south africans talk. brilliant.
but the one line that really hit home was when they said "tia" (this is africa). that was the blanket phrase excusing all the monstrocities that this continent can dish up. for those of you who read my last post and it's comments will know i was recently a first hand witness to exactly that. tia. i have mentioned before that life is cheap in africa. but the truth of the matter is the people that make life cheap make sure it is other people's lives that are cheap, not their own. a recent illustration of this was recently when our illustrious government so steadfastly refused to admit the link between hiv infection and aids. they therefore refused to supply the populus with the much needed drugs, even claiming the drugs were killing the people, not hiv. bearing in mind the people weren't getting the drugs, the logic is difficult to follow. but some of the self same politicians, on medical aid obviously, themselves were taking antiretroviral treatment. they weren't willing to take the individual chance of dying, but they were quite willing to force thousands of others to do just that.
the patient in my previous post still has not been operated or transferred to a center where she can get the necessary care. i doubt she will. this despite the fact that i personally phoned the super and expressed my willingness to operate her free of charge even though they had officially banned me from working in the state hospital. the point they want to make against me is more important than the patient's life, so they didn't consent. and what is the point? the fact that i continued to supply a service there despite their laxness in giving me a legitimate post paints them in a politically bad light. they would rather give the appearance of not having lost control than welcoming any help in a desparate time.
yes, this is africa and life is cheap, but i can honestly say the fact that i have been barred from helping this specific individual is absolutely devastating to me. i just can't see that it is worth it to sacrifice her for their point.