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PANAA (AP) – Like many other young people in the local population, Raúl Tugrí leaves this poor region Panama to seek opportunities in the capital of the country. He found a job in a supermarket, but he fell into debauchery and alcohol and four years ago he was diagnosed HIV,
"The world came to me," Tugri said recently to the Associated Press. – Dreams are falling apart. You only think of death.
The House "The Good Samaritan", a shelter run by Daddy 's father Catholic church, he received it two years ago to reach out as he did with dozens HIV-AIDS after having opened in 2005 in a sector on the periphery of the capital.
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Before you go to Rome on Sunday and finish your visit to Rome Panama on the occasion World Youth Day, Pope Francis will share with the 15 patients Ten men and five women will be added to this center, to which will be added 45 young people from the street and at risk who receive attention in an old orphanage headed by a Catholic nun and two other help centers.
The Bishop of Rome has asked for responsibility in the world to prevent the further spread of HIV and complained that millions of people live with the disease and only half have access to treatment. It also called for the promotion of solidarity so that the poor can also benefit from the diagnosis and appropriate treatments.
The first Latin American Pope usually encourages young people and adults to behave responsibly to avoid further dissemination. She also tried to break the stigma that she was harassing sick from HIV In many parts of the world, Panama is also included. Almost 20 years ago, Francisco wash patients' feet HIV during a Great Thursday ceremony as an archbishop in his native Buenos Aires.
Tugri appears among some of those who prepare a testimony to the pope, except that he woven two bags of native motifs, one with the colors of the Panama and the other – the colors of the Argentine football team preferred by the Pope, San Lorenzo de Almagro.
"I'm happy, I will ask for the blessing," said Tugri, sitting in a wheelchair.
Panama is considered by international health agencies as one of the countries with the most cases HIV-AIDS in Central America, after Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras. Health authorities report that since the first case of AIDS occurred in September 1984, nearly 16,000 cases and 11,336 deaths were counted until October 2018. They say that most of the cases of the virus that occur each year affect the population aged between 15 and 24 and many of them come from local areas. The Ngäbe-buglé region, in the western part of the country and where Tugrí was born, is one of the worst affected.
The house-house, directed by the Panamanian priest Domingo Escobar, got weak Tugri. on hostel had started his job, helping some sick They slept in a neighboring park and were abandoned by their relatives.
"This is a house for a physical place and a home because it is like a family," said Father Escobar to the AP, who has the help of a public hospital infection specialist, the church and benefactors' contributions. private. "Here they are given medicines, fed and encouraged." He added that they are being treated for a period of several months and given the freedom to leave until they recover well, realizing the importance of medicines, a place to live and fit to perform any activity that they can protect.
Some of them died here and were given a "Christian" funeral, the priest said.
Lionel Montezuma, from the same Tugri region, is recently in the center and makes bracelets with pearls that sells in its place. Shelters or residents are involved in day-to-day activities, and recently they saw three of them, including a girl, clean up newly purchased fish on the market.
Tugi, who was left in a wheelchair when he suffered from a bacterium in his brain, said he could move his legs a little longer. He has a cut hair that is fashionable, he wears shiny metal necklaces and his eyes shine.
He does not want to talk about the past and all he wants is to recover to travel to his region to guide adolescents about the danger of the disease.
"Because of cultural problems or ignorance, they are not careful when they have sex," said Tugri, whom his mother abandoned as a child.
"I think we have to abandon the fear and the pain of talking about it."