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Ukraine: "Doomed" fighting for their right to live01:06

Ukraine: "Doomed" fighting for their right to live

Ukraine, Kiev
April 17, 2013 at 12:23 GMT +00:00 · Published

Ukraine: "Doomed" fighting for their right to live

More than 100 of Kiev's terminally ill citizens gathered on Wednesday in front of the Cabinet building for a "Doomed" protest.

"Doomed" were protesting against the new Ukrainian budget that doesn't include funds for treatment for 44, 000 people from hepatitis, tuberculosis and AIDS. Without treatment most of them face death.

Wearing cotton sacks on their heads with ropes around their necks they beat drums to symbolically portray that the government is sentencing them to death.

Ukraine has the highest rate in Europe of people infected with hepatitis, tuberculosis and AIDS.

The country had 360,000 HIV-positive people in 2011, according to the Ukrainian Ministry of Health. Fifty seven new HIV cases were diagnosed per day last year, with 11 daily AIDS-related deaths.

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Ukraine: "Doomed" fighting for their right to live

More than 100 of Kiev's terminally ill citizens gathered on Wednesday in front of the Cabinet building for a "Doomed" protest.

"Doomed" were protesting against the new Ukrainian budget that doesn't include funds for treatment for 44, 000 people from hepatitis, tuberculosis and AIDS. Without treatment most of them face death.

Wearing cotton sacks on their heads with ropes around their necks they beat drums to symbolically portray that the government is sentencing them to death.

Ukraine has the highest rate in Europe of people infected with hepatitis, tuberculosis and AIDS.

The country had 360,000 HIV-positive people in 2011, according to the Ukrainian Ministry of Health. Fifty seven new HIV cases were diagnosed per day last year, with 11 daily AIDS-related deaths.

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