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The disaster claimed the lives of a number of people headed to the International AIDS Conference, scheduled to begin on Sunday in Melbourne, Australia, the International AIDS Society said on Friday. Dr. Lange, 59, was accompanied by his partner, Jacqueline van Tongeren, 64. He was the executive scientific director of the Amsterdam Institute for Global Health and Development, and she worked as a communications director there.

At a White House news conference on Friday, President Obama said, “These were men and women who had dedicated their own lives to saving the lives of others, and they were taken from us in a senseless act of violence.”

News of the plane crash greeted other AIDS researchers as they made connections in Sydney and elsewhere. The apprehension and grief along the journey were “enormous and pervasive,” Dr. Mike McCune, a professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, said in an email.


Actual soldiers fighting for humanity, taken out in a grand event of cruel, violent irony.  It's like the cure for disease was destroyed along with the plane. 

The rebels may not have known who was aboard and just saw a target, and yet, it doesn't matter - somehow they have to answer...

Dr. Lange: “If we can get a cold can of Coke to any part of Africa, we can certainly deliver AIDS treatment.”

“My friend always tried to be there where politics and humanity were at odds with each other,” said Onno Schellekens, the managing director of the Investment Fund for Health in Africa. “Maybe I’m being philosophical, but dying by being shot down by rebels in a way symbolized his life.”

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