We do well to pay attention to AIDS

Letter to the Editor

Posted: Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Thank you for printing a front page story about AIDS, the deadliest pandemic in history, which the world has been much too slow to recognize as a global emergency. Its spread was hastened by gross ignorance, prejudice, denial and poverty.

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The result is that, in Africa alone, the AIDS toll may reach 100 million people. Life expectancy has been reduced to 40 years or less with devastating consequences for education, industry, agriculture and economics - not to mention the intense personal suffering by victims (men, women and children) and their families.

When almost 9,000 children die every day from AIDS, close to 20 million children are orphaned by AIDS, and the numbers are rising - we do well to pay attention.

Mildred Boesser

Juneau



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