Uganda: Patients Storm HIV/AIDS Conference
October 30, 2002
On Monday, about 30 people with HIV/AIDS demonstrated inside Kampala's International Conference Center during the opening of Uganda's National AIDS Conference. When their representative, Agnes Nyamayarwo, took to the podium to address the 1,600 delegates, the AIDS Support Organization clients burst into song and waved signs. "We are the ones, we are the people. We are the ones to defeat HIV and AIDS," they chorused. Nyamayarwo thanked the government for its effort to reduce HIV infection and to make AIDS drugs cheaper but criticized discrimination against people with HIV. When she lashed out at thieves who stole drugs meant for AIDS patients, the demonstrators shouted, "arrest them, crucify them."Adapted from:
10.29.02; New Vision (Kampala)
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