Its been over some three and half years. I still remember the day so fresh in my heart recorded was jost woken out of my sleep by one of my fellow volunteers who returned after a long travel to Adilabad District. When I opened my eyes still lazily dosing sleepily, I heard HariKrishna my collegue say “look theres something here for you”.
When I opened my eyes there she was a cute girl an angel dressed in a red gown, I just spread my arms and she came running to me I just closed her in my arms.
My sleep was blown away and when I now had a pleasant feeling in my heart. Roja my darling. We played we jumped we sreamed and all this in a first meeting, we didnt know each other earlier. Now Roja is 11 years old and when she came to me on the day that I mentioned, she was helpless with her mother dead and her father following her.
It all happened when Roja’s father was diagonised with HIV and Roja’s mother in a fit of anger and desperation as well as insult poured Kerosine on herself and set herself ablaze. Looking at them the poor kid was helpless didnt know what was going on but only knew something was terribly wrong. After a few months of struggling to cope up with the fact that his lifestyle as a lorry driver and his irresponsible sex as well as unsafe and unloyal relationship with his wife cost him his dear wife’s life the poor man killed himseelf. Not knowing or infact not realising that they were leaving 2 kids literally on the streets.
Here she is Roja, and More or less with the same story came another small child from Kurnool Hsheema and then another one Meena and revathi all victims of AIDS no I would rather say a result of irresponsible unloyal sex partners which turned them orphans for no fault of these little kids. She still reels in my heart and mind whenever i close my eyes those little eyes were not to be forgotten for ever. I strongly wanted to post her Picture but wouldnt like to share it, dont know why ?!
Thanks NONA for Reminding me I just Forgot to mention the one important thing, No none of the children mentioned above have been luckily not infected by HIV / AIDS. Thank you.
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