Friday, November 26, 2010

The Ugly Truth of Diseases.

This story BROKE.MY.HEART. It is the horrible truth of children with HIV/AIDS all around the world.
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The lonely life of a six-year-old boy

Ah Long carrying firewoods down the mountain path to his home
A six-year-old HIV carrier, has been living alone since his parents died of AIDS.

The boy, known as Ah Long, does his own washing, cooking, studying and he also rears some chicken.

He lives in his parents' house at the foothill village of Malu Mountain in Liuzhou in Guangxi Province, China.

Ah Long has an 84-year-old grandmother, who visits him quite frequently and cooks for him.

The granny has also planted some vegetables near the house for Ah Long.

Ah Long making a fire to cook dinner

Ah Long making a fire to cook dinner

Ah Long does know what AIDS is.

All he knew was that his friends never want to be near him, doctors did not want to treat his wounds and his only family member – his granny – refused to live with him.

He was also rejected by the nearby primary school.

The only companion the boy has is a dog called Lao Hei.

Ah Long playing with Lao Hei in front of their house

Ah Long playing with Lao Hei in front of their house

Due to his complicated family background, the Welfare Department has declined to take care of the boy.

Ah Long studying in his room alone

Ah Long studying in his room alone

He receives 70 yuan (RM33) monthly subsistence allowance from the civil bureau but it is not enough.

After Ah Long's story was published in Chinese newspapers, a couple announced that they would adopt the boy.

However, it has yet to materialise.

When most hear the word HIV/AIDS it sends fear through them. It is a "silent killer" who wouldn't be afraid of it?! So many have such unrealistic views on the disease. You can't get HIV/AIDS by hugging, kissing, sharing drinks, touching, or any of the basic things. It is not a disease you can just catch like a cold. Yet, so many people think it is. So many orphans in the world never get homes because of the title "HIV+" or even worse "AIDS +" that one little 'title' costs so many children the chance of having a family. To be honest HIV/AIDS has always SCARED ME TO DEATH. I had NO idea what HIV/AIDS was. I only knew that it could kill you. Now I am much more educated on the subject. It is not a disease that should terrify you. Infact it is very manageable. Most children with HIV can live NORMAL lives and have normal life expectancy. HIV/AIDS orphans are continually thrown to the side and looked down on in all societies. Do you think those children can help the disease their parents gave to them? Do you think it is what they want? All the pain, the medicines, the looks, etc. Do you think they chose that? They didn't. They can't help it. So why do we all judge them and refuse to accept them just like they are? Why do we wait and refuse to open our hearts to children who NEED homes just as much as EVERY OTHER ORPHAN IN THE WORLD. Just because they are HIV/AID+ it does not make them less deserving. So why do we think it does?

This is an AWESOME video on HIV/AIDS awareness. I would suggest watching it. It is awesome information.


  1. Hi, I found your wonderful blog through another advocate friend of mine. This story just breaks my heart! Do you know anymore about this child or this situation? I would love to help in some way!!! You can email me at Thank you!

  2. i would also like to help, email me at if you have any info