Wednesday, February 11, 2009

OLZ Wordless Wednesday

AIDS is the biggest killer in Zimbabwe, with at least one in five people having HIV.

For today's Wordless Wednesday, here are photos taken at an AIDS orphan center in Mozambique, previously shared on this blog last October.









Here are a couple of photos of Esmé making friends and teaching them how to high-five!

Posts from October 2008:
The story
The story behind the story
The photos

24 comments:

DysFUNctional Mom said...

Those pictures are sobering and just tug at my heart.

One Mom said...

It's heartbreaking to look at those young faces knowing how their lives have been impacted by AIDS.... but trust Esme to leave one with a smile...

Tiff said...

It just makes me want to love on every one of them .

Robin said...

Still as heartbreaking to look at as they were the first time.

Sarah said...

Oh my...

This just breaks my heart. Those poor kids... but this is really wonderful work you are doing and it's so sweet to see your little girl playing with them.

Amy A.K.A. "The Mrs." said...

These children are absolutely beautiful. Thanks for sharing these pictures.

sheila said...

Beautiful faces. It amazes me how these children can even smile with all that they endure. Thanks for posting. They are truly beautiful

Debra said...

I remember this post the first time and my heart just broke..it isn't much better this time. I am only left with the amazing ability of a child to smile under the most extreme of circumstances and the ability of a little one to bring joy. Thank you, Esme!

Prasti said...

bless their hearts. powerful photos.

Sandra said...

It's just heartbreaking and so hard to look at these photos.

Sandy said...

i'm so glad you visited me and i found your site. thank you.

Octamom said...

Some dear friends of ours are in the entertainment industry and have been spending a great deal of time in Africa working with AIDS orphans. The stories they have brought home--it's just wrenching. They are working hard to get the word out about simple medications that pregnant mothers with AIDS can take to help prevent the virus from spreading to their unborn babies--

Thanks for sharing such powerful images...

Blessings~

Jennifer said...

Those photos speak more than words could Very sobering.

Simply Stork said...

just look at those beautiful faces...

~simply~

Donna said...

What beautiful children! This just breaks your heart.

Susie said...

Those are very moving photographs!

teachingtinytots said...

what beautiful children! it breaks my heart that they have to have such a rough life every child should be able to not be hungry and sick!

i have an award for you on my blog

Robyn Jones said...

Thankyou for sharing...I feel so sad for these kids..especially when I think of how priveledged most kids are in my country....
Great pictures by the way..they speak loads.

Salzwedel Family said...

What beautiful kids.

dani said...

those poor babies!!! bless their little hearts...
love,
dani

♥ Somebody Loved ♥ said...

such a shame for children to suffer needlessly.

inspite of their afflictions.
happy aren't they.
at least they appear happy in photographs.

ToOdLeS.ShEiLa

Z's Mom said...

I heard today Zimbabwe has a new Prime Minister...I think OLZ is working! ;)

They do appear happy in those photos....so strong that you can hardly tell the hardships they face.

Tiaras & Tantrums said...

yes I remember this post from prior - still very sad photos

Andrea said...

....heartbreaking...