Magazine article Anglican Journal

Grim AIDS Statistics Emerge from Swaziland

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Grim AIDS Statistics Emerge from Swaziland

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(ACNS)--Twenty thousand people are dying of AIDS-related illnesses every year in Swaziland. National life expectancy is projected to drop to just 27 from 62 by 2010. The most productive section of society (around 30 years old) has effectively been wiped out, wrecking the country, which has already been crippled by drought and economic disintegration.

An Anglican church representative gave those grim statistics from the single-diocese country recently in Nairobi during an interview. Veronica Maziya spoke of the devastation, "grief and agony" that HIV/AIDS was causing in Swaziland, how the church was attempting to relieve its suffering, and called for prayer across the worldwide Anglican Communion to support church efforts and bring the crisis to an end.

"The situation is a disaster for Swaziland," said Ms. Maziya. "HIV has destroyed our youth and the future. We have been left with an orphaned country. We face a tragedy beyond comprehension. …

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