May 31, 2006

Forgotten kids

Filed under: Politics/News — 4fooey @ 12:52 pm

I was saddened to read about Tanya in this BBC news story: Russia’s abandoned HIV children. She is HIV-positive, born to an HIV-positive mother, and abandoned in a Russian hospital for the past 3 years. In the article, it says:

“We found Tanya sitting in her dressing gown in a nurse’s office, doodling happily away. She was three-and-a-half years old and had been living here all her life. Tanya had never played with another child and had only been outside once or twice. The staff told us that because she was HIV-positive, there was nowhere else for her to go, an outcast whom nobody seemed to want.”

It is extraordinary that in a country like Russia, children can be abandoned in this way. This also happens for mentally and physically disabled children (and adults) as well.

In a similar story published by the BBC on the same day, the number of HIV infections is said to have peaked, but in some countries, including Russia, the rate of infection is still rising. Greater steps should be taken to stem this disease, along with TB, Malaria, and diarrhoea related illnesses, and the sufferers should be given more help. In many countries they receive little or no help, which in the end effects the whole community.


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