Zimbabweans in Condom Bangles shocker!

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Zimbabweans make condom bangles
By Steve Vickers
BBC, Harare

In Zimbabwe, enterprising traders are making money by turning female condoms into brightly-coloured bangles.
The rubber rings are removed from the condoms and made into fashion items.

Although it is profitable for the vendors, those involved in the distribution of the heavily-subsidised condoms want to end the practice.

One shopper in central Harare said: "They're pretty. I used to wear them until I discovered they were made from condoms. Then I threw them away."

Alfred, who also sells watches, batteries and necklaces, sells a packet of three bangles for Z$10,000 (US$2).

"We get them for free from hospitals and clinics. Then we cut the plastic off, just leaving the band, which we repaint in bright colours - pink, yellow, red."

The government makes condoms available free of charge at health centres throughout the country as part of the fight against HIV/ Aids.

An estimated 25% of adult Zimbabweans are HIV positive.

Zimbabwe is one of the leading users of female condoms in southern Africa, using almost one million every year.

Concerned

Aid agency Population Services International (PSI) distributes subsidised female condoms to pharmacies and hair salons, where they cost around two US cents each.

PSI's Yasmin Madan says the female condoms are more expensive to make than male condoms and so there is pressure from donors to ensure they are used properly.

"When we hear such stories, we do get concerned and we act straight away," she said.

The business of turning female condoms into fashion accessories may die down soon, but whatever the rights and wrongs, it certainly shows that Zimbabweans are creative and resourceful people.
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So, apart from the obvious 'ignorant bloody savages' comments this article raises, I like the fact that 'Alfred' makes a £1.94 profit per sale - capitalism is alive and well in Mugabe's socialist paradise! :D
 
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They uised to do the same thing with the rubber seals inside bottle caps in the Caribbean. They made a profit too , selling them as "waterproof goodluck bracelets" to the passengers from the cruise ships in Montego Bay :D
 
#3
Staying on the condom theme....


"LOS ANGELES - A woman was enjoying a bowl of clam chowder in
a fancy restaurant when she discovered something that didn't
belong in the soup - a condom. Laila Sultan and her three
friends were having a meal when Sultan found the offending
object. "I thought it was calamari or shrimp or something so
I chewed one more," she said. "It felt rubbery. I told my
friends, 'My God, there's something in my mouth.'" She spit
the rubber into a napkin and at first thought it was a latex
glove. When her friend realized what it was, Sultan rushed
to the bathroom and threw up everything she ate. The four
women are now suing the restaurant for negligence and in-
tentional infliction of emotional distress. Patrick Stark,
the attorney for McCormick & Schmicks Seafood Restaurant,
said that the staff had no clue how the condom got into the
chowder"


I wonder if the chowder was surprisingly creamy too. :D
 
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Calypso said:
Zimbabweans make condom bangles
By Steve Vickers BBC, Harare In Zimbabwe, enterprising traders are making money by turning female condoms into brightly-coloured bangles.
The rubber rings are removed from the condoms and made into fashion items.
Suggests to me - either very thin wrists or very large c---s?
 
#5
This is very, very stupid. In fact, given the rate of HIV infection there, it probably qualifies for a collective Darwin award.
 

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