By Abebe Andualem
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - The leaders of Ethiopia's three main religions will launch a national campaign to create awareness about HIV and Aids and attempt to dispel the stigma attached to those who are infected with the deadly disease.
The week-long campaign, which is being launched by the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, the Islamic Affairs Supreme Council and the Ethiopian Evangelical Church, will begin when Muslims attend Friday prayers, the leaders told reporters late on Wednesday.
"It is obligatory for very Muslim to care and support our brothers and sisters infected by the virus and to avoid the stigma and discrimination of people living with the virus," said Sheik Abdurahiman Hussein, chairperson of the Islamic Affairs Supreme Council.
Ethiopia is a predominantly Christian country, but more than 30 percent of the Horn of African nation's 62 million people are Muslims.