Phil Di Sorbo will return soon to help bring care when pain is greatest
GHENT–In a few days Phil Di Sorbo will leave for sub-Saharan Africa, again. He travels there four times a year. And while it isn’t a vacation, it is a labor of love.
One of his stops will be the troubled country of Zimbabwe, where the chaos that led to a worthless currency and stores with no food on their shelves has abated somewhat since the dictator Robert Mugabe reluctantly agreed earlier this year to relinquish some small part of his power to the democratically elected opposition. But the oppression continues, by most reliable press accounts, and while there is food for sale now, few can afford to buy it. The long struggle in Zimbabwe has taken a particularly harsh toll on people in the most rural parts of what was a fertile and productive country. In Zimbabwe, as in many other parts of sub-Saharan Africa, among those hit hardest in any type of crisis are people with life-threatening illnesses: HIV/AIDS, cancer and tuberculosis, to name only a few.