Johannesburg, Gauteng
South Africa
Montgomery Park Cotlands Memorial Wall at West Park Cemetery since 1 December 1997
Cotlands Memorial Wall & Nkosi Johnson
Yesterday, I was taken to see the Cotlands Memorial Wall in Johannesburg's Westpark Cemetery. The wall was erected on International AIDS Day, December 1, 2001 to memorialize the children in Cotlands' care who have died from AIDS. During the period between 1996 and 2004, before Cotlands was able to introduce ARVs (Antiretroviral treatments), between 3 and 6 children died each month (51 in 2002); there were only 8 deaths in 2005, and even fewer in recent years. Since 2001, two more walls have been added to the first memorial wall to house the ashes of deceased children, most of whom were orphans or had no family burial place. I think there were 15-25 plaques on each side of each wall, with the years 1999-2001 each using up an entire side.
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30 July 2008
Susan E. Hawes, Conway, MA, USA