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Monday, March 25, 2013

Moonshine Problem in Uganda

What I found extraordinary about this video is how much the alcoholism problems in a Ugandan village can look almost exactly like those in Romanian villages and elsewhere in rural Eastern Europe:

Africa's Moonshine Epidemic - Video (Caution- some vulgar language)

Like their Romanian counterparts, the people are overall friendly and nominally functional, but they are raising their children to become addicts by their own lack of control over their drinking.  It is tragic, but not all that uncommon in many places in the world.

The good news is that if the disease is the same, then the treatment is the same as well.  Obviously, there will be adjustments for culture, but the overall approach can  be used.

The Orthodox Church is active in this region, and there is already talk about starting recovery programs under the Church just like you see starting to hit full stride in Romania.  They are already talking about recovery programs in areas where the Church has already established itself.  It's just a matter of time, but it cannot happen too soon for these people.

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