Speaking of Diarrhea

Pain is often impossible to verbalize. So often crimes go unpunished simply because victims do not know how to express their pain. Words are powerful, but often they are used to do harm rather than create change or cry for help. And why is it that some issues are easier to talk about than others? Why do some atrocities get so much attention while others go unspoken? As Chiwengo explores “which factors explain the prominent positions the oppression of Afghan women and human trafficking have held in the American media and the silence that shrouds the fate of Congolese children, men, and women?”. There are certainly diseases that are easier to talk about than others. It is easier to talk about Leukemia that to talk about AIDS. It is easier to talk about a leg broken by violence than to talk about a heart broken by rape. It is easier to discuss the effects of Pneumonia that to discuss the effects of diarrheal disease.

As defeatdd.org states “even though we have the knowledge and solutions in and to defeat diarrheal disease, the issue can be difficult, even taboo subject to discuss.” Unlike other diseases that may be a long way away from finding the cure, doctors have the resources to defeat diarrheal disease. There are relatively inexpensive and available medicine that cures children that are dehydrated from diarrheal disease. However, for many reasons people are not using the medicine that is available. One possible reason for this could be the stigma that diarrheal disease carries. In a lot of communities, diarrheal disease is an indication of poverty and poor hygiene. Often victims of cholera are viewed as social outcasts and rejected from their communities. There are many other factors, but bottom line, diarrheal disease carries a certain stigma that causes it to be less publicized both in Western media and less verbalized in the communities themselves.



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