It sounds like a case from the 1950s: a human rights lawyer thrown into jail after daring to criticize the country's judiciary. But Thulani Maseko is unlucky enough to be living in Swaziland, Africa's only remaining absolute monarchy, and to be blessed with the sort of personal courage that makes him vocal about injustice.
It is reassuring to see a new determination to bring the very modern scourge of TB out of the shadows. But neglecting the real potential for faith engagement in the effort is a mistake. It is an engagement with an ancient history and a modern face, one that can bring out the best that faith communities have to offer.
We could use it right now to feed 8.6 million hungry mouths in Ethiopia through to the end of the year. We really need it right now in Pakistan where it would cover a gaping hole in our budget and give us the cash we need to feed more. It can also buy you arguably the best soccer player in the world.