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A Piece of My Mind
July 5, 2000

A View From There

JAMA. 2000;284(1):98. doi:10.1001/jama.284.1.98

As I stepped onto the tarmac at the Gaborone International Airport, a scalding breeze washed across my face, an appropriate welcome to this country where the winds of change are everywhere. Botswana is a country of contrasts. One of the economic success stories of Africa, it is bustling with new construction, fueled by the influx of investments from abroad and by rich diamond deposits discovered shortly after gaining its independence in 1966. Yet despite Botswana's apparent prosperity, its population is slowly hemorrhaging from within.