Agence France Presse
Published — Monday 3 December 2012
Last update 2 December 2012 9:41 pm
JOHANNESBURG: South Africa, which has the world’s largest HIV caseload, on Saturday unveiled a 1.5 kilometer (0.9 miles) long AIDS ribbon in Johannesburg, beating a record of one kilometer previously held by India.
Created from over 6,000 red T-shirts pinned together, the ribbon was rolled out starting at the Constitution Hill, which houses the country’s Constitutional Court, and unfurled through the streets of Braamfontein. The ribbon 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 organizers, Amanda Blankfield of Afrika Tikkun, a health and education NGO. She said the choice of the venue was “because the Constitution Hill is all about human rights.”
South Africa’s organizers will submit aerial photographs to the Guinness World Records for verification.