In October, Justin Wren left the comfort of the USA, and headed for the Congo. He will spend the next year trying to free 1,000 Mbuti Pygmy slaves. His Fight for the Forgotten project aims to barter their freedom, move them onto already-purchased land, and teach them self-sustainable skills.
Wren's story is being being chronicled by SI MMA writer and New York Times bestselling author Loretta Hunt. Howard Books, the Christian imprint of Simon & Schuster, has bought the book, which will be titled Fight for the Forgotten.
Wren knew from the start that the effort would be perilous, and it has proven to be. He has overcome Typhoid Fever, Malaria, and diarhea. These are the three greatest killers of the MButi people, who suffer from perhaps the shortest lifespan on Earth.
Wren came on the UG, and detailed just how serious it was.
"First, this is the first place I'm announcing any of this to anyone," he posted from Uganda where he is recovering. "I'm not out of the woods yet. I thought I was. I tested positive for malaria again today on a quick test... I get more blood testing tomorrow, better quality. I get tested for malaria, typhoid, and work done on my liver and kidneys.
"However, on thanksgiving I found myself fighting a 104 temp, puking blood and bile, having Malaria and being flown in a private plane to Uganda, and being picked up in an ambulance on the runway. (pricey, but NOW I know it was worth it)
Today I was told I probably had a 1 in 4 to a 1 in 2 chance of dying when I got to Uganda. If I had stayed in Congo I might not have made it. You see, I had Blackwater Fever... Basically I was pissing Coca-Cola or Coffee.
Here is info on it: britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/68620/blackwater-fever*
Anyways... THANK YOU MMA.TV FOR ALWAYS SUPPORTING ME!!! My team legally secured 100 HECTARES of land today for the Pygmies! We are getting ready to oppose extreme oppression with OVERWHELMING opportunity! When I have my strength back, we are gonna kick enslavement in the teeth.
DEFEND the weak-LOVE the unloved-EMPOWER the voiceless!
*Blackwater fever, also called malarial hemoglobinuria, ix one of the less common yet most dangerous complications of malaria. It occurs almost exclusively with infection from the parasite Plasmodium falciparum. Blackwater fever has a high mortality. Its symptoms include a rapid pulse, high fever and chills, extreme prostration, a rapidly developing anemia, and the passage of urine that is black or dark red in colour (hence the disease’s name). The distinctive colour of the urine is due to the presence of large amounts of hemoglobin, released during the extensive destruction of the patient’s red blood cells by malarial parasites. Patients frequently develop anemia because of the low numbers of red blood cells. The presence of blood pigments in the blood serum usually produces jaundice early in the course of the disease.
Blackwater fever is most prevalent in Africa and Southeast Asia. Individuals with increased susceptibility, such as nonimmune immigrants or individuals who are chronically exposed to malaria, are classic sufferers from the complication. Blackwater fever seldom appears until a person has had at least four attacks of malaria and has been in an endemic area for six months. Treatment for blackwater fever includes antimalarial drugs, whole-blood transfusions, and complete bed rest, but even with these measures the mortality remains about 25 to 50 percent.