South Africa marks Aids day with record ribbon
JOHANNESBURG (AFP) - South Africa, home to the world's largest HIV caseload, on Saturday unveiled a 1.5km Aids ribbon in Johannesburg, with activists and officials pledging to curb the epidemic.
Created from over 6,000 red T-shirts pinned together, the ribbon was rolled out at Constitution Hill, which houses the country's Constitutional Court, and unfurled through the streets of Braamfontein.
The ribbon, beating a record previously held by India, is seen as a "visual symbol of the country's commitment to eradicating HIV/Aids" in a country where six of the 51.8 million inhabitants live with the virus.
"Because of this event we are going to get more awareness," said one of the organisers, Amanda Blankfield of Afrika Tikkun, a health and education NGO.