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14 Jun 2004
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Torch Relay and Humanitarian Issues

The Torch Relay’s trip around the world highlights various human and humanitarian issues. In Cairo, on 11 June, a victim of anti-personnel mines, who now works for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)’s orthopaedic centre, carried the flame.

HIV-positive sufferer in Cape Town
HIV-positive 31 year-old South African Musa Njoku has been nominated by UNAIDS to participate in a leg of this year’s Olympic Torch Relay, which was held in Cape Town on Saturday 12 June 2004. Nine years ago, Musa was one of the first South African women to publicly disclose her HIV status at a time when the stigma and discrimination associated with HIV/AIDS could have resulted in physical harm and even death. Undeterred by this reality, she has given a voice to women and girls, shattering the silence around issues such as rape, abuse and HIV/AIDS.

Across the globe
The Olympic flame began its journey from Olympia and, after having travelled across the globe, will return to the Athens Olympic Stadium on 13 August, where it will signal the beginning of the great celebration of the 2004 Olympic Games.

78 days, 78,000 km, 3,600 torchbearers
The total journey will last some 78 days. Outside Greece the flame will travel for 35 days, covering a distance of approximately 78,000 km, 1,500 of which will be in the hands of 3,600 torchbearers. A total of 260 million people will have the opportunity to see the flame in their city.

First time in Africa and Latin America
For the first time in history the Olympic Torch Relay will bring the flame to Africa and Latin America. The flame will reach all past Olympic cities, bringing them once again the light and joy of the Olympic celebration.

Stop at the IOC and the Olympic Museum in Lausanne
It will also pass through cities with special symbolic meaning, such as Brussels, heart of the European Union, Lausanne, seat of the International Olympic Committee and Olympic Museum, and Beijing, host city of the next Games of the Olympiad.

Relay of all cultures
The Greek Olympic Torch Relay is the Relay of all cultures. The ATHENS 2004 Olympic Torch Relay embraces all cultures and all five continents symbolised by the five Olympic rings; its light will remind the world of the Olympic ideals, and make concrete concepts such as participation, fraternity and peace.

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