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Pt 2: South African Healers - Whether it's a headache, or impotence, tuberculosis or simply a string of bad luck, traditional healers in South Africa have a cure. Healers have an integral role in South African society, one the government recognized when it passed the Traditional Health Care Practitioners Act back in 2004. It's aim is to regulate healers and fold their practices directly into the South African health care system.
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It's Monday, July 28th.
As the calls to shut down Guantanamo get louder, experts are beginning to wonder what will happen to all the alleged terrorists being held there.
Currently, That and why there's so much demand for alternative medicine accreditations ... and Serb language lessons.
This is The Current.
After six years of legal limbo, the first military trial of a Guantanamo prison detainee is now underway. The majority of the other 260 or so detainees are not expected even to be charged.
John McCain and Barack Obama have both said they intend to change the US approach to the military detention facility.
It's one thing to say you'll close Guantanamo. How you do it will be one of the big challenges facing the next U.S. administration.
The Pentagon says about 60 to 80 detainees will face a military tribunal. Human rights group think that number should be less than 10. Even the highest figure of 80 would represent only 10 per cent of all detainees who have passed through the facility since it opened. What happens to the others?
Stacy Sullivan is a counter-terrorism advisor with Human Rights Watch in New York CIty. She joined us in discussion from a train as she was on her way to take a flight to Guantanamo.
When the U.S. decides a detainee can't be returned to their birth country, they can be sent to a third country.
Neil McGaraghan, a lawyer with several clients at Guantanamo, discusses one group of detainees that have proven especially difficult. He joined us from Boston.
Authorities from Guatanamo
The Current requested an interview with Clint Williamson, the United States Ambassador-at-large for war crimes Issues and the person who handles resettlement negotiations. He was unavailable. We also contacted the Office of Detainee Affairs at The Pentagon, but no one was available for an interview.
Cully Stimson joined us in conversation about Guatanamo. He is a former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Detainee Affairs. He used to to oversee detainee policy at Guantanamo.
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South African Healers
Whether it's a headache, or impotence, tuberculosis or simply a string of bad luck, traditional healers in South Africa have a cure. Healers have an integral role in South African society, one the government recognized when it passed the Traditional Health Care Practitioners Act back in 2004. It's aim is to regulate healers and fold their practices directly into the South African health care system.
But the move to legitimize healers worries some public health officials, and AIDS experts in particular. That's because while the country struggles with one of the worst AIDS epidemics in the world, some traditional healers are claiming to be able to cure the disease. And the demand for what they say is a cure keeps increasing.
Here is The Current's Kristin Nelson, with her documentary, The Healers. It first aired on the program in November.
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