Josh is HIV-positive, one of #link:http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/statistics/overview/ataglance.html:1.2 million people# estimated to be living with the virus in the United States. But it certainly doesn't stop him from having fun: "The sex I give people is the bomb! If somebody doesn't want that then they are going to miss out," the 32-year-old says. A death sentence? Coming out South Africa, where Tshepo lives, has the highest number of people living with HIV in the world with #link:https://www.avert.org/professionals/hiv-around-world/sub-saharan-africa/south-africa:6.3 million.# While in the US, it is #link:http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/statistics/overview/ataglance.html:men that have the highest rates of infection,# in South Africa HIV prevalence is almost #link:https://www.avert.org/professionals/hiv-around-world/sub-saharan-africa/south-africa:twice as high for women# than men.Dating with HIV Tshepo's HIV viral load levels are undetectable, meaning that the virus is still in his body, but … [Read more...] about Having sex with HIV
Refugees, asylum seekers, migrants - thousands of people, millions even. It's so easy to loose track in the current situation, which creates the perfect conditions for misperceptions and misunderstandings - and could even cause concern. To address that fear and confusion we decided to look at the facts, to really understand the situation. Every day 42,500 people are displaced from their homes - some are seeking a new one in the same country, some of them moving abroad. "Immigration to Germany" and "Asylum in Germany" are the two most googled search terms in Syria, for example. If you want to understand the scope of the issue, one distinction is particularly important to make when you delve into the statistics. Official authorities distinguish between refugees and asylum seekers. Refugees are people recognised under the 1951 UN convention, which grants them protection outside their country of origin. In 2014, 19.5 million people were refugees. The largest share of them - 4 million … [Read more...] about What is the actual extent of the refugee crisis in Europe?
"When two elephants fight together, it is the grass that suffers," says a Hindu proverb. In the conflict between India and Pakistan, the Kashmiri people are the grass - and I'm one of the blades of grass. Our Kashmir meadow was divided into two parts, following the first Indian-Pakistani war in the 1950s. Since then, the "Line of Control" divides it into an Pakistan-governed and an Indian-governed part. Forty years later, the region still hasn't come to rest, but was shaken by terrorist attacks: My family fled Kashmir in 1989/90 - together with at least 300,000 other people. We belonged to the Kashmiri Pandits, a Hindu minority, that didn't have a place in the worldview of the terrorists trying to reshape the region into an Islamic Kashmir. I was only two years old back then, but it still impacts my life, though it took me time to really grasp that. Just a house, not a home My earliest childhood memory is from Jammu, the region we fled to. In school, the other kids called me names … [Read more...] about A refugee’s return to his homeland of Kashmir
Above all else, Ahmedsalem wants the world to know about the wall. It's rarely in the news and little discussed outside of Africa. But it's the longest continuous minefield on the planet, a militarized zone that runs for 2,700 kilometers. More importantly for Ahmedsalem, it's a wall that divides his people, the Sahrawi. When 34-year-old Ahmedsalem was growing up in the capital of Western Sahara - Laayoune - he says it felt like he was growing up under military occupation. As a Sahrawi, he was treated differently. He witnessed police brutality. Saw Moroccans let off easy for crimes against Sahrawis. When he protested the wall, he was beaten by police and held in jail. Now, Ahmedsalem has the rare distinction of having lived on both sides of the wall after he willingly moved to the refugee camps on the border with Algeria. "I just couldn't stand witnessing more atrocities. And even if I could go back, I wouldn't. Unless it was with dignity in a free Western Sahara." Western Sahara is … [Read more...] about The other side of the Moroccan Wall
With the world focused on the refugee crisis in Europe, it's easy to forget the ongoing migration crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border. Thousands cross that border each year and hundreds die trying. In the run-up to the U.S. presidential election, it's a hot topic. No U.S. government has deported more people than that of Barack Obama. But that doesn't mean Republicans are satisfied. Republican presidential frontrunner, Donald Trump, has called for mass deportations, saying, "get them the hell out of our country." It's fuel for punchy political speeches but the daily realities for millions of undocumented immigrants living in the United States are often complex. Life Links' # borderlines episode explores one story of a deportee that's not easy to dismiss: A former U.S. Marine named Daniel, who grew up in America and fought for America, was later deported to Mexico. Daniel's case may seem extreme, but he's just one of hundreds of thousands who are forced to leave the country they call … [Read more...] about The brutality of the US-Mexico border