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The Lebanese Red Cross launching a campaign on World AIDS Day
The Lebanese Red Cross has launched an awareness campaign in occasion of the World AIDS Day on the first of December. Volunteers from the 35 youth centers spread allover the Lebanese territories organized several activities.

The significant activity for this year was the launching of a short TV film under the title: "mirror…my mirror". Thousands of publications and posters were distributed in the Lebanese regions to show the negative pressure society puts on those infected with AIDS, under the title: "Discrimination is more painful than AIDS".

The short film, broadcasted by the local and international television channels, was a real story of a woman infected with AIDS through her husband who died leaving her with an uninfected child. The Ex-Miss Lebanon Gabriella Bou Rashed did an excellent work in acting the main role of this woman. In The film, she showed the suffering of the woman while family and the society refrained from dealing with her or her only child. Miss Gabriella Bou Rashed was a star in this film along with other actors like Bassem Moghnieh, Walid Alaili, Omar Mikati, and others. The film was directed by Elie Semaan.

On the other hand, the Red Cross youth Club in American University in Beirut organized, for the forth year, another awareness campaign on AIDS under the title: "Run for a Cause". The activity was initiated with a race in the campus of the university. The winners got valuable prizes presented by the head of Youth department Mr. Nadim Hetti and the Chief of the Students' Affairs in the university Dr. Maroun Kesserwani. Then, the participants headed to the green field and used red umbrellas to form the badge of AIDS in expression of support to all AIDS patients.

It's important to mention that the Youth department in the Lebanese Red Cross, with the support of the delegation of the International Federation of the Red Cross and the Red Crescent Societies in Lebanon, has worked for 6 years on educating the society about AIDS in order to raise awareness by focusing on the methods of transformation of the virus and on the misunderstanding about it through the distribution of publications. One of these campaigns is the one launched last summer when volunteers distributed publications and posters in restaurants, night clubs and swimming places.

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