- Posted November 30, 2011 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Have you been affected by AIDS?
Stop This Killer!
I am a missionary to the Kingdom of Swaziland...ground zero for HIV. We have the highest infection rate in the world with well over 25% of the adult population of the country currently infected. We have the highest TB infection rates in the world. I provide meals to a community called Macambeni. Of the 250 residents, 60% openly admit HIV infection and it is suspected by the community health worker that another 20% are infected but silent, afraid of the social stigma. I have 2 year olds on ARV's. This is the cemetery at Motjane. I walked through row upon row of fresh graves. Many communities see dozens of funerals weekly. Please make WORLD AIDS DAY a solemn remembrance. We must work to stop this deadly virus. These graves are unmarked: no names, no story, no dates. Who will remember their life on earth years from now?
On WORLD AIDS DAY, weep for the fallen. On this day alone 8,000 more will die worldwide and 14,000 more will be newly infected. This is the greatest humanitarian crisis the world has ever seen. 40 million people are infected worldwide. 15 million children have been left behind as orphans. Think about this...and remember.