Devastated, but not giving up, Boniface Kinywa, the 12-year-old Kenyan boy who wrote this poem, is getting meals, schooling, love, and care at an LWR-supported AIDS orphanage and family care center in Nairobi. Boniface is one of several dozen children in a youth group sponsored by the Kenyan Alliance for the Advancements of Children's Rights, a local LWR partner. KAACR runs some 40 such "child's rights groups" here, offering protection, fellowship, and education for kids on their own, many of whom have lost parents to AIDS.
Writing and reciting poetry is one way
children at an LWR-funded orphanage
in Kenya deal with the sorrow and chaos
that HIV/AIDS wages on their lives.
by Boniface Kinywa
AIDS oh AIDS,
The mention of your name, scares me out the darkness.
You crept in and swept our continent.
From North to South and from East to West
Thousands and thousands you've killed,
Spoiled the beauty of our continent curse no meaning to life
Yet you are no sacrifice.
AIDS do you have Mercy?
AIDS, oh AIDS,
You are a deadly monster,
you've taken our fathers, mothers,
brothers and sisters, homes left full of grace,
Just because of Mr. Slim.
Others call me Mr. Kill me quick,
Scientists have gone to the moon,
made nuclear weapons,
yet you are no sacrifice.
AIDS, do you have mercy?
Dear brothers and sisters,
Friends and relatives,
Sons and daughters
And my loving parents,
Lend me your ears
And get this message right,
With your broken heart I am asking you,
Please take care of the youth,
Stop bad habits, be faithful to each other.
This monster never sleeps, there is no cure
For AIDS, oh AIDS, do you have mercy?
Boniface Kinywa is a 12-year-old AIDS orphan
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A new video that demonstrates how Stand With Africa works with
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participated in a Lutheran World Relief study tour to Kenya and Uganda
in conjunction with the inter-Lutheran Stand With Africa campaign.
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