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CANADA: Grandmothers March on Hill to Fight Spread of HIV/AIDS


Ottawa Citizen (09.09.07) - Monday, September 10, 2007

On Saturday, more than 500 Canadian and South African grandmothers took part in a march in Ottawa to ask Canada and other developed nations to do more to fight AIDS in Africa. "We have buried our own children, and we will not raise our grandchildren for the grave," Darlina Tyawana of Cape Town told the marchers assembled near the Peace Tower on Parliament Hill. The plight of African grandmothers raising children orphaned by AIDS is "unprecedented," said Elizabeth Mataka, UN special envoy for AIDS in Africa. "We deserve income security, training and education, emotional and social support, affordable health care and access to medication to treat HIV and AIDS," Mataka said. Stephen Lewis, who previously held the UN post Mataka now occupies, launched the Grandmothers to Grandmothers campaign in March 2006; the movement has since grown to 160 chapters in Canada and has raised more than $1 million ($949,000 US).


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