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Lakes state, S.Sudan, marks World Aids

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December 1, 2011 (RUMBEK) - Thousands of people in Lakes state gathered to mark the World HIV/Aids Day in Rumbek freedom square on Thursday.

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Fireworks burst behind the Sydney Opera House that is bathed in red light with a figure of two hands in Sydney, Australia as part of a global campaign to create an AIDS-free generation by 2015 (AFP)

Attendees included government officials, ministers, lawmakers, judiciary members and students.

Speaking during the occasion, Rumbek central county commissioner, Matur Majok Magol said the war between Khartoum and South Sudan is over but the war against HIV/Aids in South Sudan continues.

Magol said urged “the people of Rumbek Central County to fight against HIV/Aids like the virus of the Khartoum regime” and advised “everyone to protect themselves against HIV.”

The Lakes state HIV/Aids commission chairperson, Paul Thok Ayok, said that awareness of the diesease has reached remote communities but its prevalence is still increasing.

The Lakes state acting governor, Marik Nanga Marik, said that Lakes state community leaders should take the lead in the fight against HIV/Aids. He explained that the practise of polygamy, which is common in South Sudan, can increase the spread of the disease.

Marik said “I know some chiefs who have more than 30 wives in our society. In polygamous society HIV is a real danger and we have to talk about this.”

According to the message of the UN secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, read by UN Mission in South Sudan, Gilbert Nantsa, “in June, the United Nations General Assembly’s high-level meeting on AIDs adopted bold targets for 2015; reduce the sexual transmission of HIV by half, eliminate discrimination, and close the AIDs funding gap.”

Ki-moon stated that “among populations at risk, the tide is shifting. Access to HIV prevention services are helping young people, sex workers and their clients, people who inject drugs, men who have sex with men, and transgender people to take control of their health for greater well-being’.

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  • 2 December 2011 05:40, by J P Puok

    Common on Mr Governor, the number of wives one is just tip of iceberg. Public education is paramount. pple should know how and when to get the disease. polygamy, yes is also problem but why to single out chiefs alone? Think of you government official! Greater BGZL governors only can sumed upto 100 wives among them with lion share going to Awiel. sincire fighting of HIV/AIDS needed sex education...

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    • 2 December 2011 07:19, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

      Don’t bring your madness of nuer to our people. what do you do apart from food and be nyagat like father like son. if you are trying ti tell us that you can talk, than how come your poor khartoum food agareement was not suceed? go and get yourself some talking point in mayom county where nyagat was found. shame on nyagateen

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      • 2 December 2011 08:44, by Nuerone Mafitabu

        @ dinka dog SPLA/M.
        Put in mind that you are now mad dinka dog,ready to die with any body at any time from HIV.
        The result of ugandan girls and kenyan women for sex is what you are now facing it.

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      • 2 December 2011 08:46, by J P Puok

        Hope you shuold go to school where manners are taught and if it is the market I can offer to buy you some brother don’t be angry even to yourself! we are talking of HIV/AIDS where WE is not needed kiswahili proverb GOES: HASIRI YA MKIZI FURAH YA MFUVI. if I were you i can even change that name because some may think you are speaking for all the respectable Dinka pple which is not true!

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  • 2 December 2011 05:48, by J P Puok

    at school to the young which are the most vulnerable, cultural practices ie wife inheritance, tatooing using same instruments, tooth extraction in communities which still practise it with same tool, @ infact irresponsible sexual practices begining from top-bottom including you governors. AIDS fighting need no politics. AIDS knows no boundary, we have to live upto our words with no finger pointings

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  • 2 December 2011 05:56, by J P Puok

    I know if you said LIKE THE GOVERNOR OF SO @ SO .. have more than 50 wives, that may cause you your daily bread! hence the chiefs becoming your soft target. yes they need to be told but the game don’t just end there. the queu is long.
    it is good we acknowledge it everywhere we gathered inform the uninformed among our socities. ’LORD GRACIOUS HEAR US AMIN’ !

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    • 2 December 2011 10:30, by Bungachier 50

      Manyang Mayom and Mageng Wade,

      Stop!!! decieving the masses. Your attendance in that freedom Square of Rumbek didn’t even reach a THOUSAND.

      Miraya FM, should ADVERTISE your positions, esp. Manyang Mayom who is a Primary 7 leaver.

      What can this UNDEVELOPED small mind contribute in the field of JOURNALISM?

      This is why you always report FAKE things leaving issues of major concern.

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