Meeting with the Ministry

Perhaps the cause is el Nino. It is supposed to be summer, but the weather is foul. Dirty-grey clouds were scudding over the peaks on either side of the valley road to Mbabane. But this persistent, mizzling rain is not enough to break the drought. We need heavy downpours. Last week, the temperature hit 40C,… Continue reading Meeting with the Ministry

Spreading the Word on Sexual Violence

How do you change hearts and minds? Well, we certainly don’t have anyone “by the balls”, as Chuck Colson (a presidential adviser to LBJ) said, so we will have to rely on persuasive argument. Rates of sexual and gender based violence (SGBV) in Swaziland are shocking. Recent studies by UNICEF and the Centers for Disease… Continue reading Spreading the Word on Sexual Violence

Asingamhlukubeti: Accelerating efforts to end violence against children

Things are often late in Swaziland. This year, even winter is late (the weather is glorious, cool nights and bright, sunny days). The official invitation to the Day of the African Child Commemoration arrived at the office just twenty hours before it was due to start. A small team from MSF drove out to Swazi… Continue reading Asingamhlukubeti: Accelerating efforts to end violence against children