Many HIV-Positive Residents Come to Squatter’s Camp for Traditional Cure, Stay for Antiretrovirals, as Death Toll Declines
March 5, 2012, ENTOTO, Ethiopia (The Wall Street Journal) —Cast out from her family, Tigist arrived at Ethiopia’s Entoto Mountain believing that a spring here welled with holy water that would rid her body of HIV.
Joining 4,000 other squatters seeking the same cure, the young woman reluctantly also started taking antiretroviral pills. Gaining strength, she married an HIV-positive man, Melaku, and started a new life in a mud-and-tarp hut amid eucalyptus forests.
The journey of Tigist and Melaku is emblematic of a shift in Ethiopia, where about 1.2 million people live with HIV/AIDS, among the most of any country. The country’s traditional and often superstitious views toward AIDS commonly lead to exile for the disease’s sufferers. But modern methods are gaining more purchase, in recent years resulting in a greater number of Ethiopians on antiretroviral therapy and a decline in AIDS-related deaths. Read more…
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March 4, 2012, Malawi (RBC) – Malawi Police in northern district of Chitipa have arrested 70 Ethiopians and a Somalian for illegally entering the country. The Police have also arrested three Malawians for aiding these illegal immigrants.
The three are Mashaka Mumba 26, Lughano Nyondo 32 and Albino Mwambene 31. They all come from Mwandambo village in Karonga.
According to Chitipa Police Officer-in-Charge Ellen Liganga the illegal aliens were hiding in a bush near Weluza village, Traditional Authority Mwenemusuku in the district.
Porus borders? Malawi’s border with Tanzania in northern district of Karonga
Liganga said the Police worked on a tip from villagers who spotted ‘strange’ people in a bush within their village.
The Officer-in-Charge said whilst in the process of arresting the illegal immigrants, the police also discovered a decomposed corpse believed to be for one of the illegal immigrants who might have died due to starvation or illness. Read more…
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