Papua New Guinea AIDS Committee Dismisses Report of HIV-Positive People Being Buried Alive in Southern Highlands Region
September 13, 2007
The AIDS Committee of Papua New Guinea's Southern Highlands province has found no evidence that people living with HIV/AIDS in the area were buried alive, committee Deputy Chair Jeffrey Hurums announced recently, Papua New Guinea's the Nation reports (Miae, Nation, 9/11). The committee launched an investigation after the local media reported last month that HIV/AIDS advocate Margaret Marabe, who works with the group Igat Hope, saw five people buried alive because they were living with HIV/AIDS. Marabe had spent five months carrying out an HIV/AIDS education campaign in the Southern Highlands. "When they got very sick and people could not look after them, they buried them," Marabe was quoted as saying (Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report, 8/28).
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