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    Posted May 28, 2012 by
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    Swaziland; Small Country, Huge Burden


    Most times when Swaziland is in the news, it’s either due to the country's huge burden of HIV disease, or its monarch's large number of wives.


    What is not often talked about is the amazing array of huge rocks that are scattered around the small but beautiful country.


    Currently traveling across Swaziland on an mhealth project, I have been opportuned to savor the taste of hiking across Sibebe Rock, and the Nyoyane Mountain (Rock of Execution).


    The Sibebe Rock is the world’s largest exposed granite dome and second biggest rock after Uluru (Ayers Rock) in Australia. Estimated to be about three billion years old, it is more than three times as old as its Australian counterpart.


    The Nyoyane Mountain (Rock of Execution) located within Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, is traditionally where Swaziland’s criminals were executed. Once they were marched to the top, they could choose to either jump from its summit with dignity or be helped along with spears. Its African name is Nyonyane which means ‘little bird’ and poetically describes with horrifying beauty how these poor souls appeared as they plummeted to their deaths.


    Each day of the week, I join the race to help bring down the huge burden of disease, and each weekend, I join the race to hike up another beautiful rock.


    One hopes that one day, this small and beautiful country will be able to rise free of its huge disease burden.

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