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By: Help Lesotho  09-12-2011

Originally posted: November 2010

Go to Google and type in: “It takes a village to raise a child.”

Within a microsecond you will be given millions of references to songs, speeches, paintings, quilts, T-shirts, films, UN conferences and Hillary Clinton’s best-selling children’s book.

“It takes a village,” is a feel-good phrase, worthy of Hallmark’s top writers, even if no one seems to know where it actually originates. Most of the time it is just referred to as “a famous African proverb.”

In the tiny, AIDS-ravaged nation of Lesotho in southern Africa, the idea is being stood on it its head.

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The Lesotho government has warned its citizens to prepare for a difficult year ahead as the tiny, land-locked country absorbs the effects of the global economic slowdown, including a sharp decline in crucial revenue from the Southern African Customs Union. For years, Lesotho has depended on receipts from SACU – a 100-year-old customs union made up of Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland and Lesotho – for up to 60 percent of its budget.