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Old 05-12-2003, 04:59 PM
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PNG commemorates World AIDS Day – “Stop Stigma and Discrimination”

Papua New Guinea joined the rest of the World to commemorate the World AIDS Day on December 1st, 2003.

The celebrations within the nation’s capital (Port Moresby) began with a march on Monday morning towards to the Sir John Guise Stadium where 20 Red Cross Members including Minister for Welfare and Social Development Lady Carol Kidu, met with the interested public comprising of students to share message about HIV/AIDS and how to live with it.

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Minister Lady Carol Kidu seated among the two gentlemen from the PNG Red Cross Society
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Those who commemorated the event had red ribbons pinned on their shirts – that was the colour widely know to represent the AIDS and is mostly won by the advocates against HIV/AIDS.

Also present was Miss PNG Red Cross 2003 title-holder, Cynthia Asi and three other beautiful contestants; Mary Efi, Sibona Bogehenao and Christine Oa, all took time to share their message and also to show their commitment by continuing to support it’s cause.

Miss PNG 2003, Cynthia Asi share her thoughts about HIV/AIDS during the day
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Organised by the PNG Red Cross Society the theme of the day was: Stop Stigma and Discrimination: You cannot get AIDS by ‘Being A Friend, Sharing A Meal and Shaking Hands.”

“The message today is clear. We must not discriminate or stigmatize people living with HIV/AIDS. We must still see them as our friends, our brothers, sisters and our sons and daughters even if they are affected,” Miss PNG Red Cross 2003 crown holder Cynthia Asi said.

Two gentlemen, members of the Red Cross Society showing the banner with the theme for PNG's commemoration of the World AIDS Day
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Miss Asi’s comments were supported by Lady Kidu. Before she spoke, Lady Kidu was gagged by the two male members of Red Cross Society with a red scarf and led onto the centre of the stage where she later delivered her speech.

“The silence must be broken! We can no longer hide behind our cultures, our tradition and from the truth and not educate our people, our children who will be our next generation in HIV/AIDS. Everyone must know. The silence must be broken,” said one of the male who accompanied Lady Kidu on stage and the scarf was finally taken off from her mouth.

Lady Kidu gagged - The message is that the Silence surrouding the HIV/AIDS issue i the country must be broken
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“Before I speak I would also like to show you one thing,” Lady Kidu said as she got the scarf and this time blindfolded the Red Cross worker who stood next to her.
“Many have eyes but do not see. They are ignorant,” she said simply.

What must not discriminate or stigmatize our friends with AIDS but let me say must not be blind and not learn from what we see about HIV/AIDS.”

The crowd listened attentively to her as the minister preached about the virus.

This Lady Kidu blinfolds one the Red Cross worker and explained to the audience the meaning of the act
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In support to her and the Red Cross society and also many organizations and individuals who advocate against the HIV/AIDS, the government of has also thrown its weight behind the fight against the dreaded virus making the eradication of AIDS as their highest priority in the National Parliament.

The National Aids Council has released shocking statistics indicating that 100 million people in the Pacific died of AIDS alone. These figures were collected over 50 countries in the Pacific Region.

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Some of the spectators and interested individuals who joined the Red Cross team at the Stadium
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