eSwatini, formerly known as Swaziland, is a landlocked African country located between South Africa and Mozambique. It has one of the highest AIDS rates in the world and is the last absolute monarchy in Africa. The King recently purchased an airport that isn't even close to the capital. eSwatini has no official religion.
People from eSwatini are known as 'Swazis.'[note 1]
Part of the reason the rate of HIV infection is so high in eSwatini has to do with its cultural attitudes toward sex. Safe sex is discouraged, women are encouraged to have at least 5 babies apiece, and men are encouraged to impregnate as many women as possible. This leads to a good deal of barebacking, which is just what a sexually-transmittable virus like HIV needs to flourish.
The official language of eSwatini is Swati, also known as Siswati. There are few published books dedicated to learning Swati. About the only place an English speaker can hope to learn the language online is from the Peace Corps.
Swati is a tonal language, like Chinese, which means the rise or fall in pitch as you pronounce a syllable is important. If you change the pitch, you change the word you're speaking into a different word altogether. So be careful not to let your voice swoop upward unnecessarily at the end of a question.
eSwatini is the last absolute monarchy in Africa. As of May 2015, there is one independent publication (The Nation), whose editor is serving a two year-sentence. Women's rights, civil rights and political rights are restricted.
- Robots from eSwatini would probably be called Swazibots.
- "Swaziland king renames country Kingdom of eSwatini", 'Agence France-Presse, 'The Guardian', 19 April 2018'
- "Swaziland: A culture that encourages HIV/AIDS," Integrated Regional Information Networks, 15 April 2009
- Five things you didn't know about human rights in Swaziland, Amnesty International