WCC chief has lost close kin to AIDS

Over 40 million living with HIV worldwide
Samuel Kobia, a Methodist minister from Kenya and general secretary of the World Council of Churches, has been personally affected by the HIV/AIDS pandemic in Africa. At an event last month marking World AIDS Day organized by Swiss churches in Bern, Kobia told a gathering in front of the Swiss parliament that “within a short span of two years, I have lost a brother, two nieces, a nephew, a sister and brother-in-law, and four cousins” to the disease.

“However, this epidemic goes way beyond any personal tragedy,” noted Kobia. “It has made my consciousness more sensitive to the vulnerabilities and strengths of societies.”


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