'Leading AIDS Researcher, 'Always Traveling', Is Killed on His Way to a Conference'
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AIDS Researcher Killed.
What is this article about?
It's about the AIDS/HIV researchers, activists, and more people in that community, who were killed in a 'senseless act of violence', on MH17 from Amsterdam to Malaysia.
What is the main idea of the article?
The AIDS/HIV workers were killed for no reason. These people have changed lives, and they could have done more.
Why was this article interesting?
This article touched me mostly because it's about my country but also because aboard the plane, there were life-savers, who died. The plane was shot down by an air-missile, fired by Ukrainian separatists, above the border of Ukraine and Russia. It held 298 passengers total, from 10 different countries. The MH17 was on it's way from Amsterdam to Malaysia, and had only been flying around an hour.
An Aids researcher who was aboard this plane, Joep Lange, has been researching HIV/AIDS since 1983. It is devastating to know that he was killed in a 'senseless act of violence' (President Obama). "Joep was always travelling," said Michiel Heidenrijk, the managing director of the institute. Joep, as well as many other HIV/AIDS activists, were on their way to the International AIDS conference in Melbourne, Australia. This disaster claimed many lives who had contributed to helping the world with these diseases. "The deaths of so many committed people working against HIV. will be a great loss," Michel Sidibé, executive director of the U.N.AIDS, the United Nations fighting the disease.
Passengers on the plane: (298 total)
• 193 Dutch passengers
• 43 Malaysian passengers
• 27 Australian passengers
• 12 Indonesian passengers
• 10 English passengers
• 4 German passengers
• 4 Belgium passengers
• 3 Philippines passengers
• 1 Canadian passenger
• 1 New-Zealandish passenger