The Issue: AFRICA
Violence has shattered countries of Africa, their
peoples and their lands. This violence has caused the destruction
of resources and has led to famine, disease (HIV/AIDS), and genocide.
Darfur has been embroiled in a deadly conflict for over three years.
At least 400,000 people have been killed; more than 2 million innocent
civilians have been forced to flee their homes and now live in displaced-persons
camps in Sudan or in refugee camps in neighboring Chad; and more
than 3.5 million men, women, and children are completely reliant
on international aid for survival. Not since the Rwandan genocide
of 1994 has the world seen such a calculated campaign of displacement,
starvation, rape, and mass slaughter.
Sub-Saharan Africa is more heavily affected by HIV and AIDS than
any other region of the world. An estimated 24.5 million people
were living with HIV at the end of 2005 and approximately 2.7 million
new infections occurred during that year. In just the past year
the epidemic has claimed the lives of an estimated 2 million people
in this region. More than twelve million children have been orphaned
by AIDS. Source:
We pledge to:
a voice to the experiences and needs of our Dominican family
Foster responsible investment in Africa which promotes
peace and the welfare of peoples and the land;
Maintain a link with the Dominican Alliance Africa
Committee to disseminate resources to the rest of the family.
Things you can do:
Question your political leaders
about HIV/AIDS in Africa. MORE
Participate in World
AIDS Day, December 1st, which promotes awareness and advocacy.
Ask your congregation or province leadership about
investments which promote peace and welfare of peoples in Africa.
UN Programs on HIV/AIDS
the US Bishops are saying about Darfur
the US Bishops are saying about HIV/AIDS in Africa