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

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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秤的秘密

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秤的秘密 by CJ

秤的秘密 by CJ

  明朝时候,扬州有一富翁是开南货店发财的,他有一子两孙,家庭之间非常快乐。后来他病在床上,将要死的时候,将一秤杆郑重地交付他的儿子.并嘱咐他道:这秤是我起家的宝物,是用乌木合成的,秤杆中空,灌有水银,称出时秤稍向上,水银注纽,别人见了以为重,而不知反轻,称进时秤稍下倾,水银注尾,别人见了以为轻。而不知反重。我因此占了不少便宜,所以能致这样的财富呀.”

  他儿子听了,心中暗暗惊讶,父亲何以这样不道德。但因他正当病重,只好唯唯随顺,不便明言。后来他父亲死了,他就将这杆秤用火烧毁,并力行各种善事,扶危济困,养残恤老,孜孜如恐不及。他这样做是要想替亡父忏除罪恶。但由于真诚为善,不到三年家产己耗去了一半。虽然这样,倒是他所情愿的,心中并没有什么不快。不料膝下二个爱子。竟相继死亡,这实在是大凄惨了。行善得祸,他因此常叹天道无知,因果颠倒,心中不免怨恨。

  一夜,梦至一处状如宫殿,见一官员坐在殿上,当面告诉他道:“你父之富,是彼宿世所修布施功德,命中应有,并不是依靠那杆水银秤;即使他不用那秤,也能致富.但是他用了那秤,徒然自坏心术,加了一身罪业,至死不悟,自受苦报,这正是他的愚痴。那时天帝因其用心贪恶,所以为了破耗二星投作你子,以败你的家产。家败之后,还要继以火烧。而你呢,正当受你父的余殃,非但衣食不给,而且寿算亦短。你父生前以为有这许多家产遗给子孙,一定可以世代享受,舒适不尽。他哪里知道好儿子不能长寿,好孙子是来败家的呢。现在幸得你存心善良,能盖父过。天帝察你三年以来,真诚为善,始终无倦,这是很难得的,所以特命所司收回两星,不久将另降贤子,以光大你的后代,并增加你本身的寿算了,你应当勤修善果,勿存怨恨才是呀。”他醒来之后,恍然大悟,因此,为善更坚定,后来果然连生二子,皆成进士。

摘自《真快乐》

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