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Watching mum die from HIV/Aids

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Watching mum die from HIV/Aids

Post by shammy on Sun Mar 29, 2009 12:47 pm

Only half of those infected in South Africa by HIV - the virus that causes Aids - have access to life-saving medicines and as Claudia Hammond found out, the care for those dying can still fall on children.

The little girl comes into the headmaster's office to meet us and she is smiling, wearing her school uniform of shiny turquoise blue tracksuit bottoms and a white short-sleeved shirt.

She looks about nine or 10, but that is the consequence of malnutrition during her time growing up in the shanty town of Lower Crossroads in Cape Town. In fact she is 14.

Zenthu lives in a shack where she sleeps in the same room as her father and adult older brothers. She says that they are often drunk and sometimes there is no food for the family in the evenings.

The moment I ask her about her mother she bursts into tears, sobbing and sobbing.

'Excruciating pains'

We stop recording and try to comfort her, not easy when you don't speak the same language and have to talk via the school secretary's translations.

Then very fast and without stopping she is determined to tell us her story.

Her mother gave birth to her baby sister two years ago, but months later still looked pregnant.

A traditional healer said her swollen body was the result of an evil spell cast on her by people who were jealous.

Doctors told her she had excess fluid around her heart, but soon stopped treating her, saying there was nothing more they could do.

Despite the presence of other adults in the household, the care for both the new baby and her dying mother fell to Zenthu, then just 12 years old.

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Re: Watching mum die from HIV/Aids

Post by Mohamed on Sun Mar 29, 2009 10:59 pm

So sad Shammy, this make me thinking about how this disease is often spread to innocents and children, transfusion, breastfeeding ...

"Indeed the Almighty responds to the call of the servant as long as the servant is in the service of fellow human beings.” (Saying of prophet Muhammed pbuh )

The Muslim Awareness Programme (MAP), based in South Africa is a faith-based organization that promotes HIV/AIDS prevention strategies based on the moral teachings of Islam.


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