Hivos responds with utter disbelief and bewilderment to the scale of the disaster surrounding Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, shot down by surface-to-air missile over eastern Ukraine Thursday, killing all 298 people aboard. It is still difficult to make sense of what happened.
Our thoughts go out to the families and friends of the victims. In particular, we sympathise with our friends at STOP AIDS NOW!, affected by the loss of close colleagues and allies who were traveling to Melbourne, Australia, for a major international AIDS conference. STOP AIDS NOW! in particular, and the fight against HIV/AIDS in general, have been dealt a huge blow by their untimely death.
The United Nations organisation UNAIDS said the crash claimed “some of the finest academics, health care workers and activists” working on the disease.
Hivos hopes that it will not take long for the truth behind the cause of the disaster to come out.