I spent an afternoon at an organisation called – wait for it – the Ethiopian Network of Religious Leaders Living With Or Personally Affected By HIV/AIDS. Quite a mouthful of a title but the aim of the organisation is simple. They have a membership of 500 religious leaders all with a story to tell of suffering from HIV/AIDS, from 17 different cities from Orthodox, Muslim, Evangelical and Catholic faiths. They work together to overcome stigma and prejudice and to support and care for all affected. In a country where there is often conflict and suspicion between faiths, as wellas a big HIV/AIDS problem, this was an amazing experience. There were over 50 at this training workshop and there was a real openness and shared commitment. It finished with prayers led by a Muslim imam, an Orthodox priest and an Evangelical pastor. This was a sign of hope for the future.
Yonas Tesfahun on Islam