World AIDS Day 2012

IMG_3864The  Community Health Department hosted an impressive gathering in Bayalpata Bazaar on December 1st, in honor of World AIDS Day.  Just after nightfall, they painted a huge red ribbon on the street using tikka (red dye powder, often used to decorate foreheads), and set up hundreds of candles around its perimeter, which we all helped to light.  As everyone stood around the flames, the community members shared stories and insights about HIV/AIDS and how it has affected the lives of all those in the region.