Thursday, December 23, 2010


Peace in 100+ languages.

Here's the link for this word cloud I created using Wordle.

Thanks to @Journeywoman (Evelyn Hannon) who linked to this blog post by bloggerjb. The list of different ways of saying "peace" was the inspiration for this visualization.

Thanks for visiting my blog. You can also follow me on Twitter:  @albertwisco. Have a peace-filled 2011!

Here's bloggerjb's list:

Abenaqui = Olakamigenoka
Alabama = Ittimokla
Albanian = La Paqe
Algonquin = Wâki Ijiwebis-I
Amharic = Írq
Arabic = Salam
Aranés = La Patz
Armenian = Khanhaghutyun
Basque = Bake
Bemba = Mutenden
Blackfoot = Innaihtsi'iyi
Bulgarian = Mír Bosnian
Buli = Goom-jigi
Carolinian = Gúnnammwey
Catalán = La Pau
Chinese = Pingan
Choctaw = Achukma
Chuuk = Kunammwey
Comanche = Tsumukikatu
Cree = Wetaskiwin
Creole = Lapé Haitian
Duala = Musango
Dutch = Vrede Afrikaans
Ekari = Muka-muka
English = Peace
Esperanto = Paco
Estonian = Rahu
Fanagolo = Kutula
Farsi = Ashtee
Finnish = Rauha
French = La Paix
Gaelic = Sìth
Gaelic = Fois Scots
Gafuleya Chontal = Aylobaha
German = Der Frieden
Gikuyu = Thayu
Greek = Iri'ni
Guaraní = Ñerane'i
Gujarati = Shanti Bengali
Hausa = Lùmana
Hawaiian = Maluhia
Hebrew = Shalom
Hungarian = Béke
Icelandic = Friður
Igbo = Udo
Ila = Chibanda
Indonesian = Damai
Indonesian = Rerdamaian
Irish = Síocháin
Japanese = Heiwa
Javanese = Rukun
Khmer = Soksang
Koasati = Ilifayka
Korean = Pyong'hwa
Kurdish = Hasîtî
Lakhota = Wolakota
Latin = Pax
Latvian = Miers
Lithuainian = Taika
Luxemburgish = Fridden
Magindanaon = Kalilíntad
Malgache = Fandriampahalemana
Maltese = Paçi
Manobo = Linew
Maori = Rangima'arie
Mapudungun = Uvchin
Maranao = Diakatra
Maya = Ets'a'an Olal
Micmac = Wôntôkóde
Mongo-Nkundu = Boóto
Munsterian = Echnahcaton
Navajo = K'é
Nepali = Saanti
Nhengatu = Tecócatú
North Alaska Inuktitut = Tutkiun
Northwest Alaska Inupiat Inuktitut = Kiñuiñak
Norwegian = Fred Danish
Ntomba = Nye
Nyanja = Mtendere Chewa
Otomi = Hmethó
Palauan = Búdech
Pali = Nirudho
Papago/Pima = Dodolimdag
Pashto = Amniat
Perce = Éyewi Nez
Persian = Solh Dari
Pig Latin = eace-pay
Polish = Pokój
Ponapean = Meleilei
Portuguese = A Paz Galician
Rapanui = Kiba-kiba
Romanian = La Pace Italian
Ruanda = Nimuhóre
Sa Lao = Kwam
Sa'a = Däilama
Samoan = Filemu
Sesotho = Khotso
Setswana = Kagiso
Sioux = Wo'okeyeh
Somali = Nabad -Da
Spanish = La Paz
Swahili = Amaní
Tagalog = Mabuhay
Tagalog Filipino = Kapayapaan
Tahitian = Hau
Tamil = Amaithi
Thai = Santipap
Tiaykuy Quechua = Sonqo
Tibetan = Shîte
Tlingit = Li-k'ei
Tonga = Melino
Turkish = Sulh
Turkish = Barish
Twi-Akan = Asomdwee
Uighur = Saq
Urdu = Aman Malay
Usilal Kékchí = Tuktuquil
Vietnamese = Hoa Bình
Welsh = Hedd
Wintu = Mina
Xhosa = Uxolo
Yiddish = Sholim
Yoruba = Alaáfía
Zapoteco = Layéni
Zulu = Ukuthula

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

World AIDS Day 2010

Over the past four years, I lived in South Africa on two occasions for almost a year-and-a-half in total.

We stayed in the province of KwaZulu-Natal. It's a province hard hit with incidents of HIV and AIDS. It's devastating. In 2009, there were 5.6 million people living with HIV according to the 2010 UN AIDS Report on the Global AIDS Epidemic.

It was heartbreaking. Yet I met many who beat the odds.

During our first stint and within months of our arrival, friends celebrated the 50th birthday of Betta. She was their life-long maid. They had known each other during apartheid, the struggle against it, and now after. They are now, of course, dear, dear friends. Betta is black and speaks Sotho and Zulu. She doesn't  speak English. She has seen poverty, violence, crime, segregation and AIDS. For Betta, reaching her 50th year carried great significance, because in South Africa it's reported that the average life expectancy is 49 years.

The UN AIDS Report says that of South Africans aged 15-49, 10-20% are HIV positive. With HIV rates so astonishingly high (10-20%!), large segments of a generation are dying, and children are left orphaned.

I made several documentaries and films that tell stories about HIV/AIDS in South Africa. The projects are close to my heart. There are a couple I'd like to share in this blog. The people within give me hope and propel me forward to continue sharing their stories.

You can find links to my original blog posts below:

Umhambi is about a group of women who find strength, and make an income by creating and selling Little Traveller dolls. Their income generation project is run by the Hillcrest AIDS Centre Trust. Here is my blog post about Umhambi's selection to the Chicageo International Film Festival.

Journey of Hope is about Sbu Myeni, a woman who is working towards opening a community centre for the orphans in the semi-rural community of her childhood. Here is my blog post first telling Sbu's story.