Witness to Aids

Witness to Aids

By (author) Edwin Cameron , Edited by Kate Sherratt

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When Edwin Cameron announced to a stunned local and international media that he - one of South Africa's most prominent citizens - was himself living with the HIV/AIDS virus cutting swathes through the population of the continent, the impact was immediate. In Witness to AIDS, Edwin Cameron's compelling memoir, he grapples with the meaning of HIV/AIDS: for him as he confronts the possibility of his own lingering death, and for all of us in facing up to one of the most desperate challenges of our time. In his intensely personal account of survival, Cameron blends elements of his destitute childhood with his daily duties as a senior judge and international human rights lawyer, while focusing always on the epidemic's central issues : stigma, unjust discrimination, and, most vitally, the life-and-death question of access to treatment. Cameron's remarkable story of his own survival in an epidemic that has cost millions of lives is at once moving and uplifting, sobering and ultimately hopeful. 'This book will be a major contribution by a courageous South African towards that quest for a better life for all.' - Nelson Mandela 'If truth is beauty, this relentlessly brilliant and hopeful book is beautiful. It is a text to live by, if we aspire to the possibility of a better life for all...in a world widely threatened by HIV/Aids.' - Nadine Gordimer, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, 1991

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  • Hardback | 240 pages
  • 138 x 212 x 20mm | 340.2g
  • 07 Oct 2005
  • I.B.Tauris & Co Ltd
  • I.B.Tauris
  • London
  • English
  • 4 page b&w section
  • 1845111192
  • 9781845111199
  • 738,598

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Edwin Cameron is a Justice in the Supreme Court of Appeal, South Africa and an internationally respected human rights lawyer and AIDS activist. He is an Honorary Fellow of Keble College, Oxford, and of the Society for Advanced Legal Studies, London, and holds a Special Award from the Bar of England and Wales for his contribution to international jurisprudence and the protection of human rights.

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"'This book will be a major contribution by a courageous South African towards that quest for a better life for all.' - Nelson Mandela 'If truth is beauty, this relentlessly brilliant and hopeful book is beautiful. It is a text to live by, if we aspire to the possibility of a better life for all...in a world widely threatened by HIV/Aids.' - Nadine Gordimer, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, 1991 'A fascinating story from a fairly unlikely figure. There's a wealth of information here and its good to read a work that gives a specifically African response to the whole issue'- Morning Star 'In a world crying our for answers to one of history's most dreadful diseases, compassionate and articulate voices like his own are definitely worth listening to' - Morning Star 'Personal stories reveal so much more than statistics, which is why Edwin Cameron's story, which he tells with unflinching honesty in Witness to AIDS, is vitally important.' - New Internationalist 'Cameron tells the story of both his own travail and South Africa's wider plight with the kind of admirable honesty that he urges others to adopt.'- Oxford Today

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