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Things are not always as they seem

Posted: Sat Oct 14, 2017 8:47 pm
by Graham Smith
Four robust healthy looking children?

Not so. This image was taken at a children's hospice in Kolkata. They are all HIV/TB co-infected. Infected through no fault of their own and abandoned by their families to live on the streets.

They receive basic medication from the charity along with food, clothing, shelter and above all they have protection from the dangers of living on the street.

There is a good possibility that I will be returning India in the new year. I wonder how these children will have fared in the two years since I last saw them?

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Re: Things are not always as they seem

Posted: Sat Oct 14, 2017 8:53 pm
by Duck
A heartbreaking narrative, Graham, but thank you for telling it nonetheless.
On your return do you think you will actively seek these little ones out, or leave it to chance?

Re: Things are not always as they seem

Posted: Sat Oct 14, 2017 9:04 pm
by Graham Smith
Duck wrote:A heartbreaking narrative, Graham, but thank you for telling it nonetheless.
On your return do you think you will actively seek these little ones out, or leave it to chance?


We will definitely be visiting the hospice to deliver donations and what drugs the authorities allow.

Re: Things are not always as they seem

Posted: Sat Oct 14, 2017 9:36 pm
by St3v3M
This is truly heartbreaking and goes against everything I 'know' as a parent, but is a sad reality of life today.

Off Topic
It's a little off topic but it struck me as odd awhile back that we haven't seemed to have valued human life until very recently in our history. I could be wrong and have been taken in by movies, but it seems even as late as The Old West you could shoot someone, leave a tip with the bartender to clean it up, and probably be on your way. There may be trouble with the law, but there were duels 'at noon' where the authorities would stay out of it until one fell and the other walked away. I couldn't imagine a public dual today and expect to see someone walk away.

I did a cursory Google Search without finding anything that says when we started to care, but I'm sure I don't have the right search parameters.

I pray you keep us with you as you visit these beautiful children again! S-

Re: Things are not always as they seem

Posted: Sun Oct 15, 2017 3:01 am
by rmalarz
Beautiful photograph of a tragic situation.
--Bob

Re: Things are not always as they seem

Posted: Sun Oct 15, 2017 8:56 am
by pop511
""I couldn't imagine a public dual today and expect to see someone walk away.""
That depends on which country. I have been to places where life is very cheap, but on a lighter side heading off in a few months for more medical work.

Re: Things are not always as they seem

Posted: Sun Oct 15, 2017 9:03 am
by St3v3M
pop511 wrote:""I couldn't imagine a public dual today and expect to see someone walk away.""
That depends on which country. I have been to places where life is very cheap, but on a lighter side heading off in a few months for more medical work.

Sad but true. Be safe! S-