[新闻] 印尼‧5年了,心仍在痛‧南亚大海啸灾民创伤难癒

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(印尼‧楠普克)12月26日,是南亚大海啸5週年。当年承受生离死別、家园消失的灾民,如今也逐渐恢復正常的生活步调。

然而,对於10岁的伊科拉来说,这是她永远挥之不去的惨痛回忆。除了父亲外,她的家人都在海啸中遇难。

伊科拉来自印尼苏门达腊楠普克(Lampuk)一个平静的小渔村,2004年12月26日发生南亚大海啸时,巨大的水墙把这个渔村从地图上狠狠抹去。

亚齐省以回教徒居多,但当地100多名华裔週日(12月20日)在班达亚齐举行集体悼念会,放河灯及供奉祭品,悼念葬身大海的亡魂。(图:法新社)

亚齐省以回教徒居多,但当地100多名华裔週日(12月20日)在班达亚齐举行集体悼念会,放河灯及供奉祭品,悼念葬身大海的亡魂。(图:法新社)

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AIDS poster, no discrimination

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Poster of I have AIDS, please hug me, I can't make you sick

The left image is one of the most recognized HIV/AIDS posters ever produced, this image of a child with outstretched arms accompanied by the message, “I have AIDS, please hug me, I can’t make you sick,” has become a worldwide icon in the fight against HIV/AIDS discrimination. Inspired by the experience of Ryan White, a 13-year old hemophiliac with AIDS who was barred from school in 1985 and became a symbol of the intolerance that is inflicted on AIDS victims, this reproduction of a child’s drawing has a disarming quality that works closely with the textual message. This poster reflected the changed tone of the media coverage of AIDS following Ryan White’s courageous battle, which helped shift focus from ignorance and discrimination to acceptance and newfound knowledge of the fatal disease. Designed to evoke compassion, the simple yet powerful message in the poster has subsequently inspired a variety of spin-offs used by international AIDS awareness and education programs.

[source: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/exhibition/visualculture/living.html]
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Understand AIDS/HIV

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Having said that people infected with AIDS sometimes face prejudice and discrimination, there are few things we need to know about AIDS or HIV so that we have better understanding of this disease.

We do not get HIV from:

  • donating blood.
  • mosquito bites or bites from other bugs.
  • sneezes or coughs.
  • touching, hugging or dry kissing a person with HIV.
  • the urine or sweat of an infected person.
  • public restrooms, saunas, showers or pools.
  • sharing towels or clothing.
  • sharing eating utensils or drinks.
  • being friends with a person who has HIV/AIDS.
[source: http://www.thebody.com/content/art33163.html]
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Give them your hand by CJ

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Give them your hand by CJ

After I finished watching “By My Side“, a Singapore TV series, I felt touched. The drama series portraits a few characters infected with acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) and the problems they face every day and how their family and close friends’ life are affected. In the series, some people discriminate them and stay away from them.

When the main character, Bu-Fan knows he is contracted after having sex with a prostitute, he is unable to face up with the disease. He encounters problems like being rejected by friends, sacked by boss, and neighborhood’s discrimination. At first, the wife is at rage, disappointed with him and wants to divorce with him. His daughter hates because her friends stay away from playing with her and she is kicked out from her swimming class. However, Bu-Fan is always a good husband and father and because of that, his wife forgives and supports him and so does his daughter.

A wise man once told me: when he gives talk to the prisoner in jail, he doesn’t call them criminal. They are not to be tagged criminal because of a crime which they have done. They are responsible for that but shall not carry the name ‘criminal’ for the rest of their life. That statement is very true: everyone should be given a second chance.

The other character, Yu-Hang who is also contracted with AIDS from her boyfriend (who then passed away), spends most of her time helping other with AIDS. Since her boyfriend passed away, she doesn’t want to fall in love again because she knows it will not have fairy tales happiness. She keeps that as secret. In that series, Bu-Fan’s brother falls for her. However, being proposed for many times, she finally tells him the reason why she keeps rejecting him. He is stunned and does hesitate when he is told. Dramatically, the story ends up a happy ending as he never gives up on her.

Although I have not met anyone infected with AIDS in person, but I believe many people have incorrect perception of the AIDS disease and discriminate the patients. Every AIDS victim surely is depressed and dilemma when they know they are contracted. Some are blaming themselves, deeply regretted and begging for a second chance. If we can’t give them a second chance, how would they forgive themselves and go on with their life? 

The drawing above was inspired by the drama when Bu-Fan sits on the rooftop of a flat feeling dilemma and yet does not have the courage to end his life. It’s named Give them your hand on the purpose of hoping everyone of us; we can give them our hand without discriminating them. At this very moment, our hands meant so much to them to support and give them courage.

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[News] Aceh gets back on its feet

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On Dec 26, 2004, Aceh was struck by a disaster never seen before. Five years after the tsunami, the place and the people have bounced back.

JUARIYAH looks adoringly at her two young children who are playing in the grounds of her new home. Her front yard is small but it looks pretty with carpet grass, plants and flowers in red, white and purple.

Sitting on her favourite teak wood bench out on the veranda, she chuckles at the antics of her two boys Mohd Rafi Rezeki, four, and Mohd Fito Magestra, one. And she poses for photos with them.

She is a picture of happiness and it warms my heart to see her like this.

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Picking up the pieces: Juariyah has found happiness again with her two sons Mohd Rafi (left) and Mohd Fito.

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关怀的心.笑容

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有一位有钱的单身女子刚搬了家,她发现隔壁住了一户穷人家, 一个寡妇与两个小孩子。

有天晚上,那一带忽然停了电,那位女子只好自己点起了蜡烛。没一会儿,忽然听到有人敲门。原来是隔壁邻居的小孩子,只见他紧张地问:「阿姨,请问你家有蜡烛吗?」女子心想:「他们家竟穷到连蜡烛都没有吗?千万别借他们,免得被他们依赖了! 」

於是对孩子吼了一声说:「没有!」

正当她准备关上门时,那穷小孩展开关爱的笑容说:「我就知道你家一定没有!」 说完,竟从怀里拿出两根蜡烛,说:「妈妈和我怕你一个人住又没有蜡烛,所以我带两根来送你。」

此刻女子自责、感动得热泪盈眶,将那小孩子紧紧地拥在怀里。

••我们不一定因为赚很多的钱而富有,但我们可以因付出的善念而使心中富有••

关怀的爱

摘自《三则感人的小故事》

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