Daw Cho (unreal name) is a 24-year-old girl. She lives with her father in the slum district of Kawthaung, in the shed where the owner of the woodwashing factory for whom his father works grants them to live. She got sick of AIDS 5 years ago, shortly after her marriage to an already ill boy who had never told her about his problem. Following the separation, she came back to her native house where her widower father who took cares of her with love. During one of our last visits with the mobile clinic she was sitting on a mat on the ground, where both of them used to sleep. The wall behind was completely bare except for two photos that portray a beautiful girl: she tells us that there were pictures of her just a couple of years ago. We hardly believed it could be the same person we were talking with. Her arms, bones covered by a thin layer of skin, come out of the puffed sleeves of the blouse like two long-stemmed flowers hanging to dry. She was struggling to speak and the father uded to answer for her. Some month ago her debilitated body had to fight a virus that caused diarrhea for over a week and her condition got even worse. Probably she drank contaminated water, but in Kawthaung's slums drinking water does not come through the pipes, people have to buy it and its price comes to touch the $ 2.50 for L3 in the dry months, when there is no rainwater to collect. For her the $ 11 that she receives weekly from Medacross to purchase healthy food can really make the difference between life and death.
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