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Celebrities back tampon rebels of Zimbabwe
The Sunday Times ^ | May 7, 2006 | Christina Lamb

Posted on 05/06/2006 10:28:51 PM PDT by MadIvan

SHE has been arrested 22 times, tortured so badly that her front teeth were knocked into her nose and had an AK-47 thrust up her vagina until she bled. Thabitha Khumalo’s crime: to campaign against a critical shortage of tampons and sanitary towels in Zimbabwe, one of the least talked about and most severe side-effects for women of the country’s economic crisis.

Now her cause has been taken up in Britain by celebrities including the actors Anna Chancellor, Gillian Anderson, Prunella Scales and Jeremy Irons.

Later this month they will launch “Dignity. Period!”, a fundraising campaign to buy sanitary products for Zimbabwe’s women. It will start with a night of entertainment at the 20th Century theatre in Notting Hill, west London, hosted by Stephen Fry.

So desperate is the situation that women are being forced to use rolled-up pieces of newspaper. Zimbabwe already has the world’s lowest life expectancy for women — 34 — and Khumalo believes these unhygienic practices could make it drop to as low as 20 because infections will make them more vulnerable to HIV. “It’s a time bomb,” she said. The shortage is forcing schoolgirls to stay at home when they start menstruating.

The crisis began in 1999 when Johnson & Johnson, the healthcare manufacturer, pulled out of the country because of the worsening economic situation. Zimbabwe then had to import products from neighbouring South Africa. But the collapse of the currency and the world’s highest inflation, now more than 1,000%, have made the products unaffordable to all but the elite.

In a country where the minimum wage is Z$6m (£17.14) a month, the cost of a box of 20 tampons is Z$3m. “Who in their right mind is going to spend half their earnings on tampons?” asked Khumalo. “As it is most people can only afford to eat once a day. Women are being forced to choose between their own health and the survival of their family.”

Khumalo, 45, general secretary of the Women’s Advisory Council of the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions, and a mother of two, started her campaign after she saw a woman walking awkwardly on the street: “She told me she was going home from work because she had her period and could no longer afford sanitary protection or cotton wool.”

When an MP raised the issue in parliament, government ministers fell about laughing and dismissed the matter. Khumalo has tried to highlight it through public meetings and distributing scarves printed with demands for affordable sanitary wear. As a result she has been repeatedly arrested and beaten, but refuses to be deterred.


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KEYWORDS: africawatch; mugabe; zimbabwe
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Zimbabwe, where cruelty and absurdity go hand in hand.

Regards, Ivan

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1 posted on 05/06/2006 10:28:54 PM PDT by MadIvan
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To: Clive; Deetes; Barset; fanfan; LadyofShalott; Tolik; mtngrl@vrwc; pax_et_bonum; Alkhin; agrace; ...

Ping!


2 posted on 05/06/2006 10:29:28 PM PDT by MadIvan (I aim to misbehave.)
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To: MadIvan

god thats terrible

to tell you the truth i woulda just shut up about the tampons rather than get tortured about it. less painful bleeding


3 posted on 05/06/2006 10:32:36 PM PDT by modest proposal
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To: MadIvan

Ah, another "benefit" of driving out the evil Europeans. The joy-joy times in Zimbabwe just keep on rollin' ever since the bad ol' white man was driven out.


4 posted on 05/06/2006 10:33:44 PM PDT by SlowBoat407 (A living insult to Islam since 1959.)
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To: MadIvan

with all due respect, what did women in the 3rd world do before Johnson & Johnson invented the "tampon"?


5 posted on 05/06/2006 10:39:01 PM PDT by Minutemen ("It's a Religion of Peace")
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To: MadIvan
I am one who enjoys light hearted just, but this image is callous, considering the suffering and humiliation involved.

One thing is not clear to me regarding the article, which fails to explain exactly why Thabitha Khumalo has been treated in such an inhuman way other than the fact that she is speaking publicly about their crisis.

Does this expose government corruption? Is it against their country's law or traditions for a female to speak of such things publicly?

My prayers to those individuals.
6 posted on 05/06/2006 10:41:49 PM PDT by This Just In ("Those are my principles, if you don't like them, I've got others" - Groucho Marx)
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To: Minutemen




I asked that same question.




7 posted on 05/06/2006 10:43:40 PM PDT by This Just In ("Those are my principles, if you don't like them, I've got others" - Groucho Marx)
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To: This Just In

its amazing the things we can do so easily in america that people in other countries cannot.

makes my skin crawl to think about being completely controlled by idiots in power


8 posted on 05/06/2006 10:44:38 PM PDT by modest proposal
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To: MadIvan

at what point is that ape Mugabe going to dragged out into the streets and strung up from meat hooks like Mussolini ?
Actually better than he deserves.


9 posted on 05/06/2006 10:51:17 PM PDT by LeoWindhorse
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To: MadIvan

The only thing that will cure Zimbabwe's problems is military intervention and a new goverment. Zimbabwe has no oil. It won't happen.


10 posted on 05/06/2006 10:51:38 PM PDT by Anti-Bubba182
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To: MadIvan

This is what happens when the eeevil pharmaceutical companies are forced to pull out.


11 posted on 05/06/2006 10:53:34 PM PDT by winner3000
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To: modest proposal
Yes on your first point.

makes my skin crawl to think about being completely controlled by idiots in power

That's why in the end we vote against Democrats.

12 posted on 05/06/2006 10:53:51 PM PDT by A message
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To: MadIvan
Poor, poor woman. Poor, poor women. What a horrible hideous country. One of, unfortunately, too many.
13 posted on 05/06/2006 10:55:30 PM PDT by AnnaZ (Victory at all costs-in spite of all terror-however long and hard the road may be-for survival)
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To: winner3000

yes the evil western world; manufacturers of absorbent hygenic products


14 posted on 05/06/2006 10:56:58 PM PDT by modest proposal
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To: Minutemen; This Just In
“She told me she was going home from work because she had her period and could no longer afford sanitary protection or cotton wool.”
15 posted on 05/06/2006 10:58:05 PM PDT by AnnaZ (Victory at all costs-in spite of all terror-however long and hard the road may be-for survival)
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To: Minutemen
what did women in the 3rd world do before Johnson & Johnson invented the "tampon"?

I don't know what they did in Africa, but in this country they used old rags torn up and wrapped up in a piece of cotton cloth. This construction was then pinned inside their drawers, and washed when it was saturated. Not very pleasant, comfortable, fragrant, or hygienic.

16 posted on 05/06/2006 10:58:18 PM PDT by Fairview
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To: modest proposal
If that makes your skin crawl, as it should, I would suggest that we, as a country, could very easily travel down that road if we're apathetic and complacent in our view of government, policies, and powerful political leaders and what they stand for.

Cuba's a good example. What had been a thriving country is now an island where the average citizen lives in poverty.

I thank God for America, and so do the Cubans that are fortunate enough to escape and live here.
17 posted on 05/06/2006 11:01:07 PM PDT by This Just In ("Those are my principles, if you don't like them, I've got others" - Groucho Marx)
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To: MadIvan

When I was on active duty and we visited foreign ports, one of the most popular items that the chaplain and volunteers took to schools and orphanages were tampons, pads, etc. Never really understood why, but I guess this story helps explain it.


18 posted on 05/06/2006 11:01:18 PM PDT by neodad (USS Vincennes (CG-49) Freedom's Fortress)
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To: Fairview

I guess you do what you do to get by.

The american indians had huts the women went into and stayed while they had their period.

personally I don't use tampons anyway...well very rarely. So I am sitting here wondering why women would roll up newspapers rather than just line their britches with newspapers.

the former sounds awful


19 posted on 05/06/2006 11:01:37 PM PDT by modest proposal
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To: This Just In
I am one who enjoys light hearted just, but this image is callous, considering the suffering and humiliation involved.

If you are referring to the image from Dune above Ivan's name, I assure you he is not posting it as some form of comical commentary. It appears above his name in every thread he posts, sort of like a signature or a tagline.
20 posted on 05/06/2006 11:02:19 PM PDT by Rastus
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To: MadIvan

All cultures are equal..
There are no absolutes, like right or wrong - or good and evil.
Africa for the Africans...

This is what Africans and the World's leftists wanted - The whites robbed and evicted and the Africans "reclaiming" the land......

I'm happy for them....

Semper Fi


21 posted on 05/06/2006 11:04:35 PM PDT by river rat (You may turn the other cheek, but I prefer to look into my enemy's vacant dead eyes.)
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To: AnnaZ



"or cotton wool."

I understand, but what did women use before having to purchase sanitary products?



22 posted on 05/06/2006 11:05:46 PM PDT by This Just In ("Those are my principles, if you don't like them, I've got others" - Groucho Marx)
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To: modest proposal

They are probably using the New York Times


23 posted on 05/06/2006 11:06:23 PM PDT by Captainpaintball (History is not written by those who win wars, but by those who win the war for the History Dept.)
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To: Rastus

in an odd coincidence the dune thingy kinda looks like the tip of a tampon


24 posted on 05/06/2006 11:06:48 PM PDT by modest proposal
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To: MadIvan
Later this month they will launch “Dignity. Period!”, a fundraising campaign to buy sanitary products for Zimbabwe’s women. It will start with a night of entertainment at the 20th Century theatre in Notting Hill, west London, hosted by Stephen Fry.

This is a nice gesture and will probably make these celebrities feel good about themselves, but I imagine the situation will be similar to the one in Ethiopia where the Derg took the food donated by all of the Band Aid/We Are the World efforts and let it rot. If they're torturing a woman for speaking out about the conditions, are they really going to turn around and pass out tampons? I don't think Mugabe has really shown that international shame has any effect on his actions. Much as the liberals hate the military, any serious effort will require violent action.
25 posted on 05/06/2006 11:08:44 PM PDT by Rastus
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To: Rastus


Rastus, thanks for the info.

Yes, I was referring to the Dune image. I'm sure you can understand the miscomprehension.


26 posted on 05/06/2006 11:09:37 PM PDT by This Just In ("Those are my principles, if you don't like them, I've got others" - Groucho Marx)
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To: modest proposal; MadIvan

27 posted on 05/06/2006 11:10:44 PM PDT by pcottraux (It's pronounced "P. Coe-troe.")
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To: This Just In

Yes, I can. I've just happened to see a few of Ivan's other posts recently, so I knew it was just a misfortunate automatic posting.


28 posted on 05/06/2006 11:11:15 PM PDT by Rastus
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To: AnnaZ
This really is horrible. We should all pray for the people of Zimbabwe, I only wish I could do something more for them. That with guns? As a man, I only wish I could kill Mugabe and his minions himself, and I probably do not realize how bad it is.
29 posted on 05/06/2006 11:17:59 PM PDT by gafusa
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To: winner3000

"This is what happens when the eeevil pharmaceutical companies are forced to pull out."
_____________________

Or in the case of Sudan, blown up by the Clinton Administration.


30 posted on 05/06/2006 11:18:22 PM PDT by DemforBush
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To: Minutemen

absorbent pads are used externally in most of the world. They are not comfortable. They leak, so most women do not move about much on those days.

A really poor country loses a lot when they lose a quarter of its work force for 3 to 5 days a month.


31 posted on 05/06/2006 11:19:42 PM PDT by Donald Meaker (The MG-42 has a rate of fire of 1300 rounds per minute.)
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To: Minutemen

In Asian countries, that I'm familiar with, the females would wear a narrow cotton cloth diapper like item. The items would be washed out and reused.

I'm sure that the same type of item was used here in the US back in the "Good Olde Daze".


32 posted on 05/06/2006 11:19:53 PM PDT by TaMoDee
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To: MadIvan

Since this is by the Sunday Times, I'm sure much of it was taken out of Kotex.


33 posted on 05/06/2006 11:24:11 PM PDT by VeniVidiVici (ICE, ICE Baby.)
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To: Minutemen

You don't need one when you are always pregnant.


34 posted on 05/06/2006 11:24:27 PM PDT by U S Army EOD (LINCOLN COUNTY RED DEVILS STATE CHAMPIONS)
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To: This Just In; Minutemen

They used unsanitary disease-spreading cloths.


35 posted on 05/06/2006 11:24:58 PM PDT by stands2reason ("Patriotism is the highest form of dissent." - Mark Steyn)
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To: MadIvan

I'm sure our "feminists" will be quick to protest this ACTUAL horrendous abuse of women, just as soon as they're done decrying pay scales for female college diversity studies professors. First things first.


36 posted on 05/06/2006 11:31:29 PM PDT by JennysCool ("I consumed no alcohol prior to the incident.")
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To: MadIvan
Sea sponge tampons... Just tie a string to them...seriously


37 posted on 05/06/2006 11:31:43 PM PDT by Bobalu (This is not the tag line you are looking for.....move along (waves hand))
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To: Bobalu
Peat moss was used by Canadian aboriginals for bandages, diapers, and sanitary napkins. It apparently has natural antibiotics. I presume that other people used it too. It can still come in handy in survival situations. You'd think there'd be something equivalent in Zimbabwe.
38 posted on 05/07/2006 12:05:46 AM PDT by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: USFRIENDINVICTORIA

Peat moss? Any relation to Kate moss?


39 posted on 05/07/2006 2:20:46 AM PDT by Enterprise (The MSM - Propaganda wing and news censorship division of the Democrat Party.)
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40 posted on 05/07/2006 2:26:56 AM PDT by backhoe
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bookmark for backhoe's post


41 posted on 05/07/2006 3:03:40 AM PDT by Khurkris (Don't blame me. I never answer the phone.)
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42 posted on 05/07/2006 3:05:51 AM PDT by backhoe
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To: modest proposal
The american indians had huts the women went into and stayed while they had their period.

I wonder if that isolation included a few days beforehand. This could be a tradition to reconsider bringing back.

43 posted on 05/07/2006 3:57:34 AM PDT by NoControllingLegalAuthority
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To: MadIvan

Later this month they will launch “Dignity. Period!”, a fundraising campaign to buy sanitary products for Zimbabwe’s women






don't want to rust those AK-47's


44 posted on 05/07/2006 4:17:31 AM PDT by sure_fine (*not one to over kill the thought process*)
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To: MadIvan
The crisis began in 1999 when Johnson & Johnson, the healthcare manufacturer, pulled out of the country because of the worsening economic situation.

Uh no, the crisis began when they allowed Mugabe to stay on as Thug-For-Life.

Rather than donate tampons, they should be taking a few hundred thousand and hiring a professional assassin to take out Mugabe.

45 posted on 05/07/2006 4:57:23 AM PDT by ikka
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Guns or butter

Medicine or rent

Tampons or rice

The beat goes on.....


46 posted on 05/07/2006 5:00:36 AM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. Slay Pinch)
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To: MadIvan

The don't have toilet paper in Iraq. I was told never to shake anyones hand over there....especially the left hand?


47 posted on 05/07/2006 5:41:41 AM PDT by Fawn
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To: MadIvan

Do they have "social justice" yet? Isn't that what they were supposed to get by voting in that mugabe tyrant and killing/driving off all the white people?


48 posted on 05/07/2006 5:49:15 AM PDT by noobiangod
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To: TaMoDee
I assume they use something like these:

http://shop.moonhutnaturals.com/

The hippies down the street try to sell these door-to-door occasionally.

49 posted on 05/07/2006 6:05:25 AM PDT by Malacoda (The Posting Police need an enema.)
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To: MadIvan

Mugabe hangs on, but for how long. The black led opponents are organizing, occasionally the BBC gets smuggled reports out and they showed a meeting calling for "non-violent reisistance."

Mugabe is trying to win the few whites back by actually offering them land to farm, after he took all their farms away from them.

He needs to be taken out for good. These celebrities should be paying for mercenaries along with the pads and tampons.


50 posted on 05/07/2006 6:57:25 AM PDT by Nextrush (Communism died in the Soviet Union, but Robert Mugabe is alive and well)
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