Saturday, January 28, 2006

Day 59.




Today was the second ‘youth day’ that I have been to here in Bulawayo. The youth day is for children on ARV treatment that are HIV positive. I got there late since I slept in a bit from a long week and even longer Friday night with my girlfriends, but it was still amazing to see the children dancing to the bands and really enjoying themselves. At the end of the afternoon one young boy got sick, I think that the spelling of his name is something like, Twanda. He felt dizzy and faint. Elena and Esther were attending to him and I sat next to him and was talking to him for a bit when he started to cry and say things such as ‘I hate being sick, I just want to kill myself.’ At that point my eyes started to well up. For children that have no choice but to be brought into this world sick they need to be so strong and it just seems unfair. I have lived a privileged life by the grace of God and been given a wonderful family to help support me when I am sad and need a hand to help me. Why is it that Twanda has to not only struggle for his health but also for a life in a country that has a horrible economic crisis and no clear outlook for a better situation? One of the more liberal papers today headlined an article about the fear of possible riots if the food prices continued to increase while salaries and the value of money plummeted. As I have seen it, the Zimbabwe people are very peaceful and I can not imagine a riot taking place, but desperate times can not always be predicted. There also seems to be a palpable fear of the military, so that a riot would also not take place due to personal security. Personally, I am glad that I am here and hope that the small bit of work that I am doing is in someway helpful...

3 Comments:

Blogger va dunphys said...

Nancy - you are making a huge impact - :) people who come in contact with you can't help but be touched for the better!

In order to be happy you need 3 things: something to do , someone to love and something to look forward to! YOU have all of that and so much more!

love you lots and miss you more!

Michelle and the Boys

10:50 PM  
Blogger Jessi said...

Nancy!
So I really think it was exactly a year ago that we were all floating around in life boats in the baltimore harbor... doesn't that seem like FOREVER ago?!?!

I know you're having crazy intense experiences now, but it will get better and easier as time goes on. You're learning so much! There's a good chance I'll be out in Zimbabwe in late Spring :) So we can chill and see some rhino.

In the meantime, keep an eye out for Protector Plus condoms... those are our condoms! And also, the New Start counseling and testing centers - those are run by us as well.

Miss you!
-Jessi

11:27 AM  
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