Families Burying Alive People With AIDS
Posted by pozlife on August 27, 2007
by 365Gay.com Newscenter Staff
Posted: August 27, 2007 – 3:00 pm ET
(Sydney, Australia) An HIV/AIDS-care worker in Papua New Guinea says that people with HIV/AIDS are being buried alive in the remote highlands of the island country.
Margaret Marabe tells Radio Australia that she has witnessed several of the burials and that they were done by relatives when those with the virus became too ill to care for.
Marabe is a volunteer with the organization IGAT and has been trying to do AIDS education in Papua New Guinea’s remote Southern Highlands province.
She tells Radio Australia that families resorted to the live burials because they were too poor to help the victims.
“They were crying and calling out their relatives’ names and called for help. Some said ‘Mama Papa’ as they were forcefully buried and covered with soil,” Marabe told the broadcaster.
IGAT has been critical of Papua New Guinea’s National Aids Council for failing to educate people about HIV/AIDS in rural parts of the country.
Papua New Guinea shares an island north of Australia with Indonesia’s easternmost Papua province.
According to the United Nations it has one of the region’s worst HIV/AIDS epidemics.
The country is plagued by political instability, poverty and rampant sexual violence against women.
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