Sunday, 18 September 2011

They go to die

Most people own a little gold: jewellery, gilded ceramics, computers. South Africa is currently the third largest producer of gold in the world. So there's a good chance you own some South African gold. And that therefore, in some way, you benefit from the appalling treatment meted out on a regular basis to these men.

Yes, it shocked me too. I had no idea things were still this bad, despite apartheid being long dead. Of course, we still live in a world where bigots are happy to applaud Rick Perry for signing 234 execution warrants and would happily let someone die because they can't afford expensive health insurance.

An epidemiologist has lived with, and studied, these people. He wants to help them by bringing their plight to wider public attention. You can help in this.
They Go to Die is a documentary film-in-progress that surfaces issues of health, human rights, and legal complexities of TB and HIV in the gold mining industry of South Africa nonlinearly though the context of life, love, and family.
It follows four men that were sent home due to contracting TB in the mines and left with no access to medication. Though the men in the film that did not have access to care eventually succumbed to their illnesses and passed away, the film does not focus on their death, but rather the life that this process (termed 'sending them home to die') has taken away. They Go to Die is ultimately a story of humanity – a celebration of family and the power of relationships.

Official website
Another epidemiologist's take on the problem
State of funding so far (click on the widget to donate, even as little as $1).

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