RIETPOORT FARM, STANDERTON DISTRICT, SOUTH AFRICAEvery time Christina Makhubu came home, it was like Christmas. Working as a housemaid in South Africas capital, Pretoria, she made more than anyone else in her family, including her brothers, who work as farmhands. So she would bring her mother dresses, her two sons books and once even a bicycle, school fees for her nephew, furniture for the house, and of course food for everyone. Her familythree generations gathered together in a room lit by a single candle, around the table where they would feast at her homecomingsremembers the last time Christina came home. She was so tired, and then the headaches began. She said she felt drunk and confused, and then she started seeing things that weren't theresnakes on the wall, and other animals that terrified her. The pain in her head just got worse, and when she began to fall down trying to walk, they took her to the hospital... More >>>
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AIDS counselor Selby Sibaya says drugs would inspire hope "because we wouldnt be saying anymore, Go home and wait for your time.' "