Author shatters taboo to claim AIDS death figures are based on false surveys
The GuardianRian Malan's crime is not just saying the unsayable, but saying it so well. He has picked the one cause which unites almost everyone, from George W. Bush to Bono, and declared it a con. Africa, says Malan, is not dying of AIDS at all. The apocalypse you hear about, the tide of death leaving a continent of pensioners and orphans, is not happening. At least nowhere near as fast or widely as lobby groups pretend, says Malan, speaking with the authority of a feted South African writer who has spent three years scrutinising statistics, mortality rates and computer projections.
—Posted: December 21, 2003
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