|The number of
nations and countries in the world is close to 200. However, only 24, according to the
World Bank, classify as being "high income economies," that is having a per
capita GDP of U.S.$12,000 or more. In other words, members of the exclusive club of
nations and countries.
In the not-affluent nations
and countries, especially those with a per capital GDP of less than U.S.$750, the core of
the Third World, a great many of those nations and countries are ravaged by years of
dictatorship, gross government incompetence, genocide, and conflict.
parents are lost to AIDS; he has since been struggling to survive.
Washington Post Photo/Jahi Chikwendiu
Worse of all, AIDS is undermining sustainable economic growth,
suggesting that citizens, including 15 million orphans in the 45 most affected nations and
countries, such as the African country of Botswana, where nearly 39 percent of adults are
H.I.V.-infected, a rise of 3 percent since 2000, and where also more than one third of the
houses are headed by teenagers because their parents' lives are claimed by AIDS, according
to the United Nations (UN), are more likely to endure even more abject poverty over the
next 20 years or so since more than 68 million of their fellow compatriots and
others, according to medical experts and others, are anticipated to die from the deadliest
epidemic in modern human history.
Having very little food or none at all to consume, many
H.I.V.-infected citizens, including the 1 million or so African children and young adults,
who have lost their teachers to AIDS, may attempt to illegally enter the wealthy nations
to, hopefully, obtain unemployment and ultimately consign to the archives of history the
unfortunate circumstances (dehumanizing poverty) into which they were born, which their
present extreme conditions of poverty and others continue to reflect.
Certainly, such a human catastrophe and this, without precedents
in the annals of modern human history, can be prevented - even in part. More money, in
addition to the $3 billion that will be made available by wealthy nations, including the
United States, via its President, George W. Bush, who has asked his nation's Congress for
$15 billion, and $10 billion more in new money, will be needed to help pay for the
economic cost of relevant lifesaving H.I.V. drugs, for example.
Sure you, our (wehaitians.com) 100,000-plus daily visitors, can
help. Write to or telephone, or both, your governments and congressmen, for example, about
this very important social issue, and ask them to be of greater assistance to the nations
and countries, mainly those where AIDS is exterminating the entire populations, and
|Professor Yves A. Isidor, wehaitians.com (an invaluable resource),
widely regarded, not least by itself, as the world's only English language
Haitian-American scholarly journal of democracy and human rights of record, executive