Yes; it’s true that we have the virus, a deadly virus: that we know. We even detest that we are in. we do not focus on dying but we are now living with it. No matter what others say about us, we need not to make ourselves victims, we detest the term “AIDS VICTIMS”; which at times is used to describe us. But also we don’t make victims ourselves.
Victims are weak and powerless. A victim is passive. A victim is no longer responsible. We are not victims. We are powerful and force of change. We are reaching out to others like ourselves, and changing their lives. We are still able, advocating for rights, we are still our selves and responsible;
Taking charge of our lives and taking care of our children, and if you could hear in the evening they calls us unconditional mums.
The virus has only weakened our immunity not our humanity. We will never allow that to happen.
And whoever you are, doctors, nurse, researchers, administrator, home-base care worker, name it what you can do best to stop the spread of “AIDS”.
If you have time, please give it freely.
If you have the gifts of science or administration, please put them to work.
If you can teach, teach understandingly.
If you can write, write justice.
If you can sing, then sing a song of hope.
If you can write, please writes facts not fictions
If you can pray, then pray for the whole world
March if you can, heal if you can.
But what ever you do, please do not give up if knowing the agony of this disease all you can do is grieve, then grieve. Stand on the highest mountain and sob until someone asks you why and then tell him or her: it’s “AIDS”.
Do not stop until the victory is ours.
When we see the range of these that have buried too many friends, lost too many love ones, heard too many excuses, we will know that they have suffered enough. We will welcome those protests over what some of us have too easily, too silently and too long accepted.
“AIDS” calls for urgency not panic
Aids calls for compassions not blame.
“AIDS” calls for understanding not ignorance.
GIVE US COMPASION
GIVE US HOPE TO LIVE
GIVE US HOPE FOR A CARE
GIVE US HOPE FOR JUSTCE AND FAIRNESS
GIVE US HOPE FOR TOMMORROW
If there could be a moment when the voices of one HIV positive person would make a difference, I would be happy if it were mine.
I cannot extend or even save my life.
But I can contribute it to make it fruitful.
“AIDS” is a war we most win because if we loss, we won’t here to experience the loss.
I conclude by saying;
Stand by me when I need you!!!!!!!!!
I thank you ones more
By Fatou Jatta, Santa Yalla AIDS Support Society