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Petitioning The Special Initiative in Africa and 34 others

Unleash The Power of Our Shared Humanity To Halt The Devastation of HIV/AIDS Pandemic In Africa

The 30th of November has been declared by the Center for African Affairs and Global Peace as an African AIDS Day. This is particularly significant in the sense that the World AIDS Day is on the 1st of December-the reason for this choice is to remind the world of the urgency and the priority that the devastating AIDS situation in Africa needs. While we stand with the rest of the world to support the World’s AIDS Day we also want the world to remember that Africa bears the brunt of this pandemic more than any other region on earth. In the light of this explanation the first day being the 30th of November is the African AIDS Day and the second day being the 1st of December is the World AIDS Day.  YOU can certainly give this region the urgent attention it deserves by declaring the 30th of November as African AIDS Day and so it will be forever and ever.

Help us to address the tsunami of Africa, help us to address the 9/11 of Africa, help us to address the cold hand of Africa’s holocaust, help us to stop the killing, the maiming, the wailing and mourning that this pandemic has unleashed on Africa.

 

Letter to
The Special Initiative in Africa
AVERT
International Council of AIDS Service Organizations (ICASO)
and 32 others
Global Network of People Living With HIV (GNP+)
International Community for Women Living With HIV
International Support Office
Siphiwe Hlophe – Deputy chair of the International Steering Committee
Dorothy Onyango – International Steering Committee member Kenya
Gledcia Catarina Mendes - International Steering Committee member Mozambique
Dorothy Onyango – International Steering Committee member Kenya
Jennifer Gatsi-Mallet Namibia
Martine Somda – International Steering Committee member Burkina Faso
Mpendwa Abinery - International Steering Committee member Kenya
Bev Greet - International Steering Committee member Australia
Candrika Phalita Ratri – International Steering Committee member Indonesia
Maura Mea – International Steering Committee member Papua New Guinea
Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention, Center for Disease Control
African Studies Center, University of Pennsylvania
African AIDS Vaccine Programme, World Health Organization
UNAIDS
Gledcia Catarina Mendes - International Steering Committee member Mozambique
Help Africa Move Forward at the Himalayan Institute
Africare
Chairperson African Union
Deputy Chairperson African Union
Spokesperson African Union
Press Office European Union
Economic Community of West African States
African American AIDS Task Force
Africa Aid
Africare
Give Us Wings
South Africa HIV and AIDS Information Dissemination Service
South Africa HIV and AIDS Information Dissemination Service
Mony Pen - International Steering Committee member Cambodia
The ravaging effect of conflicts in Africa can be seen in Sudan, Congo DRC, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria-Niger Delta and Jos etc. As a people bound together by a shared sense of humanity we have a collective duty to promote peaceful co-existence both in our lifetime and for posterity. Africa Is an HIV/AIDS disaster hotspot and requires urgent global attention and help. Our act of coming together can be of help to the children orphaned by AIDS in Africa. Our coming together can be of help to the widows and widowers made destitute by the brunt of AIDS. Our coming together could help make retroviral drugs available and accessible to the poor and those who cannot afford it. Our coming together can re-define and shape the cultural perceptions and societal stigma. Our coming together will lighten the day for those that have been consigned to darkness by the claws of AIDS. Our coming together will unleash the power of unity and ignite the flame of love that words cannot describe.

It takes a day, it takes a week, it takes a month, it takes a year, it takes an hour, it takes a minute, it takes a second, it takes a moment, it takes an effort, it takes a heart, it takes a voice, it takes a woman, it takes a man to make the world a better place. We can truly make a difference if only we choose to.

This is the tsunami of African countries, this is the 9/11 of African societies, and this is the cold hand of holocaust in the streets of Africa. This tsunami, this 9/11/, this holocaust happens every day in African countries. It happens to the unborn child, it sweeps away the joy of a family, it forces the torrents of tears from the eyes of an orphan, it maims and drains societal strength and vitality, it is a hangover that people wake up to everyday in the streets of Africa. What more can we say, what more can be so devastating than the reality of waking up every day to face an agonising situation that does not seem to go away.

The urgency and the devastating situation present a persuasive and compelling need for an African AIDS Day. There are myriads of issues that we can put across to justify the need for the observance of this day but we would not want to burden you with these issues. We would rather appeal to your humanity-the sheer fact of your humanity gives us the confidence that you will consider the unique bond that we all share as humans regardless of culture, colour, creed, geography.

The 30th of November has been declared by the Center for African Affairs and Global Peace as an African AIDS Day. This is particularly significant in the sense that the World AIDS Day is on the 1st of December-the reason for this choice is to remind the world of the urgency and the priority that the devastating AIDS situation in Africa needs. While we stand with the rest of the world to support the World’s AIDS Day we also want the world to remember that Africa bears the brunt of this pandemic more than any other region on earth. In the light of this explanation the first day being the 30th of November is the African AIDS Day and the second day being the 1st of December is the World AIDS Day. With you we can certainly give this region the urgent attention it deserves by declaring the 30th of November as African AIDS Day and so it will be forever and ever.

Help us to address the tsunami of Africa, help us to address the 9/11 of Africa, help us to address the cold hand of Africa’s holocaust, help us to stop the killing, the maiming, the wailing and mourning that this pandemic has unleashed on Africa.

Join us to make a case for HIV/AIDS pandemic in Africa. The urgency of now requires our collective effort to help resolve the world’s myriad miseries. We are in an era that empowers us with the capability and the capacity to make a difference like never before -an era that the internet technology provides us with a potent tool to reach across the globe in seconds.

Thank you as you stand up with us for Africa!