the RED badges of courage 021

Richard and Joseph are non-identical twins – both are HIV positive, both suffer from acute deformities created during their mother’s pregnancy when she relied on a witch doctor’s medication to treat her for AIDS. They are best friends and rely heavily on each other to cope with their daily disabilities. Richard’s deformed mouth creates daily pain and makes it excruciating difficult to swallow food. Joseph is deaf and desperately want to understand his lessons but without proper hearing, a difficult mission.Mandazi Town, Tanzania June 2010

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