"AIDS is no longer just a disease it is a human rights issue."-Nelson Mandela
"46664 was the prison number of Nelson Mandela on Robben Island, Cape Town where he was held in captivity for 18 years. In November 2002 Mr Mandela gave his prison number 46664 to Dave Stewart of Eurythmics so that he could use it to help in the fight against HIV/AIDS in South Africa by raising money for the Nelson Mandela Foundation.
The first thing that Dave did was to ask his good friend Joe Strummer, famous as the lead singer of the legendary band The Clash, to write lyrics for a song that included 46664. Sadly this was the last song that Joe was to write. Following his death in December 2002, Dave completed the song with Bono and the two of them recorded it together as the first of a series of co-writes for the campaign. This song, 46664 (Long Walk to Freedom), soon became the anthem of 46664.
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1. "AIDS is no longer just a disease it is a human rights issue."-Nelson Mandela
2. "The fight against AIDS can be won. Every HIV infection can be prevented. Every AIDS case can be treated."
3. "We all have a role to play in advocacy to spread awareness of these simple messages to others and to demand that governments play their role."