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A way to help with AIDS in Africa

From the January 2001 issue of The Christian Science Journal

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The NUMBER ONE PROBLEM in the world today." That's the way Richard Holbrooke, United States ambassador to the United Nations, describes the spread of AIDS, especially in Africa.

The impact on children alone is staggering. An estimated 11 million are orphans, and many schools are without teachers, because of the disease. Substantial efforts are being made to educate people about preventive measures and to end tolerance of destructive sexual behavior. But poverty, war, ignorance, and corruption are obstacles to progress. Some organizations are already looking ahead to the prospect of coping with massive populations who have grown up without adult supervision. Carol Bellamy, the executive director of UNICEF, calls for "the largest mobilization of resources in history" to meet these challenges.

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