When you bribed
the drummers into taking a union break, you finally met the people you'll never
forget: the mothers. Turns out they're nothing but nuts about the nets. In
fact, so many mothers want the nets that to get one, the World Health
Organization requires them to bring their kids in for a measles vaccination.
How often do you get two for one on diseases?
You met a mother
who walked half a day to get a net. You met a woman who sleeps with her four
kids under her net, maybe because she knows that three out of every 10 child
deaths in Nigeria are from malaria.
In the fetid
slums of Lagos you met a woman named Shifawu Abbas who's had malaria twice.
"Everybody wants the nets here, everybody!" she said, beaming. "My
sister visited from the country and tried to steal it from me!"
Still, as you
were climbing back into your air-conditioned SUV, she yanked back your hand and
begged, "Please? Can I come with you?"
On the last day
you met Noimot Bakare, a mother whose youngest child died of malaria. She was
so grateful that she trembled as she spoke. "Malaria is killing our
children," she said, holding her toddler. "There is so much need here.
God will bless you for the work you are doing."
Please go to
NothingButNets.net and keep it up.
For that, we
humbly fumalk apoplia.
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