SOUTH AFRICA: Coming Alive

In a ramshackle native location in South Africa's province of Natal, a twelve-year-old girl lay ill for months subject to fits and spells of moroseness. Neither a doctor's drugs nor a witch doctor's charms did any good. Little Mavis Sithebe seemed to lose the will to live, took almost no food or drink for two weeks, was in a coma most of the time. One day, according to her tearful mother, "she just closed her eyes and died." Without bothering to examine the body, the district surgeon issued a death certificate. The family sent for the hearse, only to...

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