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Gunmen Kidnap Prominent Child AIDS Activist in Honduras

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FILE - Keren Jamina Gonzalez, then 13, editor of Llavecitas, a UNICED-funded magazine directed at children ages 8-12 who are directly and indirectly affected by HIV/AIDS.

FILE - Keren Jamina Gonzalez, then 13, editor of Llavecitas, a UNICED-funded magazine directed at children ages 8-12 who are directly and indirectly affected by HIV/AIDS.

Gunmen in San Pedro Sula, Honduras have kidnapped a prominent teenage AIDS activist.

Eighteen-year-old Keren Dunaway Gonzalez was kidnapped Tuesday with her mother near the offices of the Llaves Foundation, which helps children with AIDS.

The mother, Rosa Gonzalez, a United Nations ambassador for children with the disease, was freed, but Keren remains captive.

A Llaves spokeswoman said Keren is HIV positive and must be let go so she can take the treatments necessary to prevent infections.

The kidnappers have yet to demand a ransom.

Keren has spoken at international AIDS conferences and also runs a magazine and radio show for HIV-positive children.

Honduras is one of the world's most violent countries, plagued by gang wars, drug traffickers and poverty.

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