Ignorance about AIDS in Papua New Guinea has led to women being murdered by mobs accusing them of witchcraft, and worse:
“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 alive. One was calling out ‘Mama, Mama’ as the soil was shovelled over his head, said Ms Marabe, who works for a volunteer organisation called Igat Hope, Pidgin English for I’ve Got Hope. ‘One of them was my cousin, who was buried alive,’ she said. ‘I said, ‘Why are they doing that?’ And they said, ‘If we let them live, stay in the same house, eat together and use or share utensils, we will contract the disease and we too might die’.’ Villagers had told her it was common for people to bury AIDS victims alive.”
In July, I posted a story reporting that lawmakers in Papua were considering the use of microchip implants to track HIV carriers.
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