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AFRICA DEPICTED AS AIDS 'KILLING FIELD'

AIDS, not war, has turned Africa into a "killing field" and will wipe out enough adults to create 13 million orphans in the next 18 months, UNICEF, the United Nations children's agency, said Wednesday.

Such cataclysmic statements at the 11th international AIDS in Africa conference were aimed at prodding African governments to act against the disease.

Africa is home to two-thirds of the world's 31 million HIV-infected people. Last year, AIDS killed 2 million Africans, outstripping deaths from armed conflicts on the continent 10-1, UNICEF said.

In 15 years, AIDS has killed 11 million Africans, more than 80 percent of the world's AIDS deaths.

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