20 August 2015
Imagine having found the solution to illnesses such as malaria, AIDS, tuberculosis and Ebola, among others, only using plants and being able to put it into practice. Something similar is happening to Xavier Galindo who comes to Rototom Sunsplash directly from Africa, where he is threatened for trying to cure these types of illnesses with plants. He tells hios story in “Health and cooperation”, one of the conferences that filled the Social Forum on Thursday 20.
Artemisa, is the name of one of the medicinal plants that Xavier cultivates and uses to fight malaria in Gambia, where he has had to face the persecution of the government. Having his plantations destroyed while pharmaceutical companies made millions with medication that the majority of the people in Africa cannot afford; and which is also insufficient and on some occasions can very strong side effects. “It seems that they don’t like what is quick and free”, says Xavier while he in turn asks the audience a question: Do people not have a right to life?
He is accompanied in the Social Forum by Josep Pàmies Dulce Revolución (Sweet Revolution) who is critical of every NGO who ignore these natural solutions that are available to anyone, but which they try to hide and persue anyone who tries to use them. A practice and knowledge that doesn’t even make to the Universities make this obvious. What an upside down world. They work, and the studies that have been carried out By Xavier Galindo prove it, but it doesn’t seem to interest anyone. Pàmies propose the creation of a world first aid kit with several of these plants that cheaply solve these types of diseases; a first aid kit that could be affordable to all that he presented to an enthralled and yet indignant packed Social Forum.