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.