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Yesterday, we had to face the tragic news that nearly 300 innocent civilians from around the world were killed when a Malaysian Airlines was shot down over a part of Eastern Ukraine that is controlled by "separatists":

THU JUL 17, 2014 AT 08:49 AM PDT

BREAKING: Malaysian Boeing 777 Shot Down Over Ukraine

by Lawrence

Today we have to face the very sad news that many aboard the plane were people heavily involved in the fight against one of the worst crises faced by humanity in the last decades:

Crash claims top AIDS researchers heading to Melbourne

July 18, 2014 - 6:25PM

Steve Lillebuen

About 100 of the 298 people killed in the Malaysia Airlines crash were heading to Melbourne for a major AIDS conference, conference attendees have been told.
Delegates at a pre-conference in Sydney were told on Friday morning that about 100 medical researchers, health workers and activists were on the plane that went down near the Russia-Ukraine border, including former International AIDS Society president Joep Lange.


President-elect of the International AIDS Society, Chris Beyrer, expressed "sincere sadness" at the news that "colleagues and friends" were on board the flight on the way to the 20th International AIDS Conference in Melbourne.
"The IAS is hearing unconfirmed reports that some of our friends and colleagues were on board the flight and if that is the case this is a truly sad day."
"The IAS has also heard reports that among the passengers was a former IAS president Joep Lange and if that is the case then the HIV/AIDS movement has truly lost a giant."

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Rest in peace, dear friends to humanity.  Thank you for all that you have done for us.

Originally posted to Lawrence on Fri Jul 18, 2014 at 02:12 AM PDT.

Also republished by HIV AIDS Action.

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