the RED badges of courage 017

Two years ago John’s mother died of the AIDS virus. His father, of Hindu Indian ethnicity, had abandoned his mother whilst she was dying because he feared his family would disown him for marrying a local woman with the AIDS virus. John has been rejected by both sides of the family as a half-cast. A good samaritan old woman grandmother has opened her home to him but cannot provide support for his need of drugs from a clinic that is miles away. He despairs he will never have a normal life and prays his father will take pity and welcome him back, will love him.Keko, Tanzania 11 June 2010

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