Treatment of AIDS patients in Papua New Guinea

I realized that I can't really say much about this, except that it's really shocking.

In Papua New Guinea, desperate families are killing AIDS patients by live burial.

Margaret Marabe said families were taking the extreme action because they could no longer look after sufferers or feared catching the disease themselves.

Ms Marabe said she saw the "live burials" with her own eyes during a five-month trip to PNG's remote Southern Highlands.

PNG is in the grip of an HIV/Aids epidemic - the worst in the region.

An estimated 2% of the six million population are believed to be infected, and HIV diagnoses rise by around 30% each year.

AIDS awareness is still so new in so many places. And the responses of people who don't know much about it are alarming - as is this case. PNG's situation is particularly complicated because inhabitants of the island speak a multitude of languages, so the government is having difficulty getting the message out. I don't have a whole lot to say except that this woke me up more than the coffee did. I'm saddened and shocked by this.

(Speaking of PNG, a good travel narrative about it is Kira Salak's book Four Corners: One Woman's Solo Journey.)

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