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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

AIDS Silence Broken

MAPUTO, Mozambique -- In a country where victims of a raging AIDS epidemic are shunned, the death notice was ground breaking.

The family announcement in the newspaper Noticias said Boaventura Machel, brother of Mozambique's independence hero and its first president, was a "victim of AIDS."

In Mozambique, it is rare for families, even privately, to acknowledge a death from AIDS. Activists contend this silence contributes to a national state of denial about the epidemic.

About one in seven people in Mozambique are infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.