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AIDS orphans in Africa, a tsunami in slow motion

Author to share stories of misery and hope


It’s hard to imagine that 12 million children in Africa have lost one or both parents to AIDS. Melissa Fay Greene couldn’t fathom the number either, and she traveled to Ethiopia to investigate for herself. Her book There Is No Me Without You: One Woman’s Odyssey to Rescue Africa’s Children, details the history of AIDS and of Ethiopia and tells the story of Haregewoin Teferra, a middle-class Ethiopian woman who runs an unofficial orphanage and day school for 60 children. Greene took the plight of these children to heart to such an extent that she has adopted two Ethiopian orphans and is in the process of adopting two more.

Greene, author of Praying for Sheetrock, The Temple Bombing, and Last Man Out, is a two-time finalist for the National Book Award. She will read from There Is No Me Without You on Thursday, September 28, at 6 p.m. at Sargent College, Room 102, 635 Commonwealth Ave.