Hundreds of women marched in the streets of Lobamba, Swaziland yesterday to protest a shopping trip taken by 9 of King Mswati III's 13 wives to Europe and the Middle East. Protesters said the country can't afford a shopping spree when a quarter of the nation is on food aid and money is needed for anti-retroviral medication. Swaziland, the last absolute monarchy in Africa, is one of the world's poorest nations and it is estimated that 40% of the population is infected with HIV. [UPI, CIA Factbook]


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