السبت , يونيو 6 2020

Honduras Aids activist kidnapped

A woman takes part in a demonstration marking World Aids Day, December 1st, 2006, in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. AFP /Getty Honduras in 2007 was estimated to have 60% of the Aids cases of the whole of Central America

A Honduran Aids activist who gave an impressive speech at the age of 12 at a 2008 international conference has been abducted in the city of San Pedro Sula.

Keren Dunaway Gonzalez was seized by three gunmen in a parked car.

Her family has called for her urgent release because she needs to take anti-retroviral medication.

Now 18, Keren has spent years speaking out against stigma and discrimination. She currently runs a magazine for HIV positive children in Honduras.

At the age of 12 at the 2008 International Aids conference in Mexico City she impressed delegates with her candid description of what it was like to be a young person living with HIV/Aids.

“The Dunaway family is appealing for Keren to be freed because she must take her anti-retroviral medication.” said a spokesperson for Llaves, the organisation Keren runs.

Honduras is ranked as one of the most violent nations in the world, and kidnapping for ransom and disappearances are thought to be common and under-reported.

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