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October 30, 2003

Some days...

It's hard to have hope. The sheer scale of the obstacles that have to be overcome in cases like this seem overwhelming:

Health workers on Friday launched a drive to immunize 15 million African children at immediate risk of contracting polio--an effort hampered in Nigeria by an assertion by Islamic radicals the vaccination drive is part of a U.S. plan to decimate the Muslim population by spreading AIDS and infertility.

If it were simply a lack of education, it would be much easier to handle this. The religious overtones, however, make a muddle of the thing. Nigerian authorities are working to calm the fears by having the vaccines tested, but it will be difficult to overcome the dislike and distrust hate and fear taught by radical Islam.

The sad part is that we are there trying to save lives, and so many believe that we are there to take them and interfere, bringing about the very result they think they are preventing. What a terrible, terrible irony.

Posted by at October 30, 2003 10:44 AM
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That's sick that a extreme movement would even think of doing such things.

Posted by: chris at November 7, 2003 11:21 PM
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