Saturday, February 26, 2011

HIV in Myanmar: "I am not useless"

By Mette Hartmeyer and Sidney Traynha

YANGON, Myanmar, February 23, 2011—In a country where the challenges for the poor can seem unfathomably complex, one of the brightest spots can be found in the vision of an unlikely leader: Naw Shé Wah. As a widow and single mother in Myanmar, she beat the odds of her circumstances and now works to improve the lives of women living with HIV and AIDS.

“The virus came to me and I cannot run away. We have to face it,” exclaims Naw Shé Wah with a certainty about her mission and message in life. “Most people think that positive people are useless persons. As for me, I do not believe that I am useless. I try as much as I can to support other positive people.”

After her husband passed away, her husband’s parents immediately blamed her. “I lost all of my property. I lost my job. And I had to look after both of my children,” she shares. It was at that time that she decided to commit herself to working with women “until the end of my life.”

Read the full article and other stories from The United Methodist Commission on Relief. Our church in mission!

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