Bulgarian nurses in Libya

July 11, 2007

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The slogan ‘You are Not Alone’ is seen in towns all over Bulgaria. It is for the campaign to release the 5 Bulgarian nurses and one Palestinian doctor (who now has Bulgarian nationality) held in Libya. Today their death sentences were upheld by the Libyan court. They were convicted in 1999 of deliberately infecting 438 Libyan children with the HIV virus, 56 of whom have since died. Lots of political wrangling going on, but can’t help thinking what an empty, silly slogan it is. Of course they’re alone. They probably left for Libya to earn much needed money that they could not get here. The HIV infection has been blamed on poor hygiene in the hospital.  A tragedy for both ordinary Bulgarians and Libyans.

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