In preparation for our service trip to Botswana, I recently read Saturday Is for Funerals. We continue to find resources perfectly matched to our trip objectives, including a guest speaker from the Cascade AIDS Project, a Peace Corps correspondence match, and now this book.
Unity Dow and Max Essex present a series of vignettes that cover the spectrum of HIV+ and AIDS cases in Botswana. From newlyweds to newborns, no one escapes this cruel disease. Despite depressing tales of demise, the book is mainly hopeful, since any Motswana can now gain ARV treatment and survive the disease. Saturdays are no longer just for funerals anymore.
We will ask all of our trip participants to read this book, since it presents social, cultural, medical, economic, and political dimensions of AIDS. It will be a terrific introduction for our students.
Read Danielle Friedman’s review of Saturday Is for Funerals.