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Leaving Saigon

Thirty years since April '75—good grief. It seems almost too trite to say, but it doesn't seem that it could possibly have been that long ago. Every April reminds me of the end of the Vietnam war, this one more than most, not just because of the round number but because of an encounter with the past that I had just a couple of weeks before the actual anniversary. The following ruminations are longer than I intended, but here they are anyway.

AIDS in Zambia

The life expectancy in Zambia plunged from 49.7 years in 1970-75 to 32.4 years in 2000-05, according to the Human Development Report for Zambia by the United Nations Development Programme.

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