An AFP report revealed that an AIDS awareness worker in Papua New Guinea observed victims of the disease being buried alive by their relatives, who feared infection and were unable to provide them care.
Margaret Marabe, who spent five months carrying out an AIDS awareness campaign in the remote Southern Highlands of the South Pacific nation, said she had seen five people buried while still breathing.
One was calling out “Mama, Mama” as the soil was shoveled over his head, said Marabe, who works for a volunteer organisation called Igat Hope, Pidgin English for I’ve Got Hope.
“One of them was my cousin, who was buried alive,” she told reporters.
“I said, ‘Why are they doing that?’ And they said, ‘If we let them live, stay in the same house, eat together and use or share utensils, we will contract the disease and we too might die.’”
This is, to be completely inadequate in saying so, devastating.
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