Beyond the River Yei: Life in the Land Where Sleeping Is a Disease

Beyond the River Yei Life in the Land Where Sleeping Is a Disease What life is like in South Sudan and how it has been affected by Sleeping Sickness A story with vivid photographs

  • Title: Beyond the River Yei: Life in the Land Where Sleeping Is a Disease
  • Author: Binyavanga Wainaina
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 357
  • Format: Paperback
  • What life is like in South Sudan and how it has been affected by Sleeping Sickness A story with vivid photographs.

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    1. When this was selected as one of the selections for a group here in , I had to resort to interlibrary loan to find a copy of this out of print book. We are focusing on South Sudan for January and February, and as you might imagine, there isn't a lot to choose from. This is written by a Kenyan writer with photos added by a Dutch photographer. They are sponsored by a German NGO that in 2003 was working to fight Human African trypanosomiasis, otherwise known as the Sleeping Sickness. This disease h [...]

    2. Very interesting way to draw attention to a crisis, although sadly this book (booklet?) is difficult to get now. Binyavanga Wainaina was an interesting choice for a journalist to commission to accompany a doctor around a community afflicted by both war and disease--sleeping sickness in particular. I say interesting for two reasons: I would describe Wainaina as irreverent (and I mean that as a compliment) and his writing style is not typical of journalists. I think that combination was perfect fo [...]

    3. What is this little book, and why, for whom? It is to begin with (strangely, enjoyably self-conscious) NGO-funded poverty porn photo-advertisement with hand-wringing text for funding of research and treatment of sleeping sickness. It is a story of a Kenyan elite reflecting on his place among the global development elite and among the specificity of Yei as a place with its people and history in rural South Sudan. It reminds us that poverty and its diseases are violent as war. It is a collection o [...]

    4. Curious little quirk of a book. Ostensibly it's a chronicle of the author's trip to Sudan* to learn about sleeping sickness (and spread the word to the greater world), but the result is, as the foreword indicates, a kind of diary that constantly moves between fact and fiction (7). Many of the photographs are of those suffering from sleeping sickness, and there's some more straightforward/factual information at the end, but much of the book is a hazy wander through Sudanese villages, a steeping i [...]

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