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Twenty thousand rock at Mandela AIDS gig


GEORGE, South Africa, March 19 (AFP) - An AIDS benefit concert organised by former South African president Nelson Mandela on Saturday attracted a crowd of 20,000 people.

The concert at George in the country's south, featuring Queen, Annie Lennox and others, was aimed at highlighting the plight of women HIV-AIDS victims in South Africa, where a massive one in five adults have been hit by the virus.

It follows a previous concert in Cape Town in 2003 also organised by Mandela's organisation 46664, so named after the former president's prison number from his 18 years as an inmate at Robben Island prison under the apartheid system he helped topple.

"I'm worried, the general public have done little since the last 46664 concert in Cape Town," said Mandela.

Africa is home to almost two-thirds of the world's HIV and full-blown AIDS sufferers, according to the United Nations, which reported that in 2004, 3.1 million Africans contracted the infection and 2.3 million died of AIDS.


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