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Winter 2006

Winter 2006

AIDS in Africa

Volume 82, Number 1

• Featuring a special portfolio on AIDS in Africa with reports by Helen Epstein, Philip Alcabes, and Jann Turner, and photo essays by Charter Weeks and Gideon Mendel.
• Another installment of Art Spiegelman’s “Portrait of the Artist as a Young %@?*!”
• Lawrence Weschler on the graphics of the Solidarity Movement.
• Helon Habila on African novelist Dambudzo Marechera.
• Fiction by Steve Almond, Deborah Eisenberg, John McNally, and Binyavanga Wainaina.
• Poetry by Billy Collins, Marilyn Hacker, and Charles Wright.

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Winter 2006, AIDS in Africa

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AIDS and Africa’s Hidden War

One October evening in 2001, in an impoverished shantytown in the Northern Cape Province of South Africa, David Potse entered the house of a former girlfriend, and raped her 9-month-old daughter. The child was later taken to a nearby hospital, where her internal injuries were found to be so severe that she nearly died. The nurses nicknamed her “Baby Tshepang” which means “have hope.” After a series of operations, she miraculously survived. Potse was apprehended soon afterwards. At his trial, he said that he was out drinking on the night of the assault. However, DNA tests showed his semen was present in the child’s rectum, and his current girlfriend testified that she walked in on him during the rape. Potse was sentenced to life in prison in 2002.

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