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Caustic Mix of AIDS and Domestic Violence
Endangers Women in Namibia

BY LARRY TEITELBAUM
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THE ISSUES
Caustic Mix of AIDS and Domestic Violence Endangers Women in Namibia
Establishing Rule of Law After Khmer Rouge Reign of Terror
Guatemala Imprisons Women with Impunity
Tourism Takes Toll on Ecosystem in Ecuador
Probing Police Brutality in Argentina
When Nermeen Arastu went to Namibia last summer, she received a lesson in sexual politics she will never forget.

"AIDS is used as a threat by a lot of men in their relationships with their wives," recalls Arastu. "You'd see a lot of cases where the woman said, ‘Oh, my husband said he'd sleep around and bring AIDS home to me and my children. You saw millions of cases like that and that was very disturbing."

Nermeen spent 13 weeks in Namibia, which gained its independence from South Africa in 1990. She was there to study the effectiveness of the country's new domestic violence law.
 
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