Posted by: Eve McGregor | Date posted: 27/07/2007
There must be a way out of here ©
Back in Zambia, Eve befriended a local woman who was happy to show her around her home and tell her all about her work to spread awareness about HIV and AIDS.
Eve describes what happened. 'So this morning we stopped by the side of the road because Charley and Ewan had to do a radio interview. And this lady came up to us, I think her name is Frestina, and she spoke very good English. We asked her to show us where she lived and what crops she had, and she took us around.'
Walking over to her house, Eve notices they're not alone... 'Oh look, you have pigs!' 'Yes,' Frestina replies, 'but they're spoiling the place, you know? We had flowers here, but they are destroyed!' She then takes Eve over to their well. 'And here is where we get water.'
Outside her house, two children are sitting and happily eating. 'They are enjoying staying here with me, these children,' explains Frestina. 'Sometimes they come here in many numbers, and we sit outside.'
'And then you also educate them about the risk of HIV?' Eve asks. 'What do you say to them?'
'I sometimes tell them how they get it, and how to prevent it,' she explains. 'Abstinence is very important. And sometimes we conduct HIV and AIDS lessons when they are going to football, or at any crowd, we teach the community about it.
'There are some who do not believe in what we teach, and with such people, well they are in denial, you know? They do die, but those who get our advice - they are still alive. They go to the hospital, and their blood is being checked. When they find that they are positive, they are given ARVs.'
After the visit, Eve reflects on what she's seen. 'You know, it's amazing to see this woman that actually got the message, got the fact that you have to be careful, and you have to be tested, and that you can have a good life on antiretrovirals drugs, and it's women like that who spread the message that will help everyone, really.'
And straight in at number two this week, is the smash-hit new entry from Ewan McGregor - 'Long Way Down'. Check out the video above, filmed with Ewan's helmet-cam. Sing along now!
- Long way down, it's a long way down.
- All the way to Cape Town, getting rid of my frown.
- In Sudan the ground is brown, It's a long way down,
- All the way to Cape Town.There's no place for my frown, Wheels are going round.
- It's a long way down, all the way to Cape Town ...
We wondered if you could help Ewan out with an extra verse - and as usual, you were on fine creative form. See suggestions for the Long Way Down song below.