Actor Liam Neeson visits Mozambique where children and young people are bearing the brunt of the HIV-AIDS epidemic.
One sixth of Mozambique's population has HIV-AIDS, and as UNICEF (The United Nations Children's Fund) ambassador Liam Neeson saw when he visited a rural AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome) clinic in the African nation, this disease affects the most vulnerable in the community.
Gabrielle is one of the young people Neeson has met today. Aged fourteen, she is already a mother as a result of rape and is also guardian to her four younger siblings. All were orphaned when their parents both died of AIDS. As Neeson comments,
She is not a statistic...she's this extraordinary little girl. She looks in her eyes seven years of age, and yet she's a teenager.
A UNICEF ambassador for the past eight years, this is Liam Neeson’s first field trip to Africa, where he has seen the difference a small donation can make, as antiretroviral medication can be purchased for as little as US$3.
There's 60 tablets here, it can potentially save 60 mothers.
Donations from Ireland have helped make this medication more available, but more needs to be done. Otherwise, another generation will be lost to this merciless disease.
An RTÉ News report broadcast on 29 August 2005. The reporter is Anne Marie Green.
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