Monday, August 27, 2007


If there is even a small grain of truth to this story then it is one of the most horrific and tragic news stories I have ever read.

"Some AIDS victims are being buried alive in Papua New Guinea by relatives who cannot look after them and fear becoming infected themselves, a health worker said Monday.

Margaret Marabe, who spent five months carrying out an AIDS awareness campaign in the remote Southern Highlands of the South Pacific nation, said she had seen five people buried while still breathing.

One was calling out "Mama, Mama" as the soil was shoveled over his head, said Marabe, who works for a volunteer organisation called Igat Hope, Pidgin English for I've Got Hope."

I have written before that I had a gay brother, who died from AIDS in January 1993. I am sure he is in a much better place right now.

This story quite simply breaks my heart because it is rooted in ignorance and fear.


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