Comforting The Afflicted

It is unusual for us to devote so much of an issue to a single story, but the AIDS plague in Africa is that rare news event: it is horrific beyond imagination, it is unfolding before our eyes, and there is something you can do to help.

For Johanna McGeary, who wrote the cover and spent a month traveling through South Africa, Botswana and Zimbabwe, the hardest part was breaking through the walls of stigma and silence that surround the disease. "It was excruciating to keep asking, 'Do you know why you're sick? How did you get AIDS?' I've covered wars...

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