Last year on 1 December, World Aids Day, YoungAfricaLive became a space for users to pay tribute to and remember those lost to Aids. It all began with a blog story called ‘Today I remember the people I lost’ and evolved into a very moving series of posts from users naming and remembering those they had lost to Aids.
This year, we are creating a real Wall of Tributes on YoungAfricaLive, inviting our users to name those they have lost to the virus.
There is nothing in South Africa like the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington DC, a huge slab of black granite that cuts through the neatly manicured lawns with name after name of those lost in the war, listed on it. And yet, millions of South Africans have lost their lives to the disease.
Let’s be the first to acknowledge the impact this pandemic has had on our society. As the numbers of Tributes rise in the course of the day tomorrow, we have an opportunity to create a landmark experience for South African survivors of this pandemic - the mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers and friends of those lost to - or living with - HIV and Aids.