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January 14, 2003

Annan: More in Danger from AIDS than Iraq

Secretary General Kofi Annan is dead on here:

More people will die this year of AIDS than even in a war in Iraq, U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan said Tuesday, trying to put a more balanced perspective on the attention riveted on Iraq while dire global health problems go unattended.
``The worldwide AIDS epidemic will claim many more lives this year than even a war in Iraq would, and then will go on claiming more and more lives in 2004 and 2005,'' Annan told a news conference.

He said famine is threatening at least 30 million lives in southern Africa and the Horn of Africa.

It is a moral scandal that both left and right spend more time talking and organizing around Iraq than the mass deaths sweeping through Africa due to famine and AIDS.

Posted by Nathan at January 14, 2003 06:20 PM

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