Planning your elective - Lesotho
Anthony Wiskin and Emma Torbé visit the “kingdom in the sky”
- By: Anthony Wiskin, Emma Torbé
Lesotho, the “kingdom in the sky,” is a beautiful mountainous country with snow capped mountains in the winter, plummeting waterfalls (taller than Victoria Falls), and fertile plains in the summer. At the hospital where we worked our experience was mainly “hands on” with no formal teaching, which made it both a challenging and worthwhile elective experience.
Apartheid never existed in Lesotho, so racism is not such a big problem as it is in South Africa. Nearly everyone in Lesotho is poor. Lesotho's biggest export used to be men to work in the South African diamond mines, but many are closing or employing local South Africans, so unemployment is a big problem. It has fallen recently due to the Highlands Water Project. This involves building a series of dams that will provide hydroelectric power to Lesotho and water to South Africa. Many men still leave Lesotho in search of work, leaving