Southern Sudan I
The Seeds of HIV, November 2005
Sudan’s 22-year civil war displaced more than four million people – the highest number of internally displaced people in the world – but it also guarded the region against the spread of Aids. That isolation is over and the impoverished inhabitants face a new and previously unknown killer.
Conflict has left southern Sudan particularly vulnerable to HIV – a virus that experts say has infected more than 40 million people in more than 90 countries – including about 25 million people in Africa. The rapid increase in traffic of military personnel, commercial transporters, sex workers, and influx of international workers is putting the whole of southern Sudan at risk.