Thursday, December 22, 2011

Refugee Organisation Gives Kids a Happy Christmas

Paseka Menyau

Growing up in a foreign country can be lonely for children who don’t speak local languages and aren’t fully integrated into societies of the countries that provide temporary homes for them. To try and ease their stay in South Africa, the Refugee Aid Organisation treated 150 refugee children to a day of fun, entertainment and a bit of light-hearted education in Roodepoort near Johannesburg.

The kids made new friends while riding horses, playing on jumping castles and learning about various wild animals during their Christmas party.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Young People Killing Themselves!

Sthembiso Sithole

I live in  SOWETO and realise that in my township many people still face stigmatisation when they reveal they are HIV positive. People still gossip on street corners about those they think are HIV positive or those they believe are sick because of diseases related to Aids. I believe this stigmatisation is what leads to many Aids deaths in South Africa today despite the free availability of anti-retroviral treatment in government hospitals. These drugs even enable mothers to give birth to HIV negative babies.