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Togo: Dying for want of money

12 March 2014 – Bernard was a forty-something widower who lived in Lomé, Togo. His wife died of AIDS more than five years ago, leaving him with their four children. He loved them dearly and worried a lot about their future. Although Bernard had HIV, his health was quite good and he struggled to to earn a living, to fulfill his parental and medical responsibilities. Initially, he got a loan from the Centre Espérance Loyola (CEL – Loyola Hope Centre) and bought a second-hand motorbike to use as a taxi, like many other unemployed people. This allowed him to repay his debt and to get by… but not for long, because the bad state of the bike soon put an end to this initiative… Read more

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