I too stood up and clapped while watching 12-year-old Elijah Zachary Lamaiyan Sime, a student at Lamaiyan Academy in Nairobi receive a standing ovation from hundreds of delegates after delivering the opening remarks at a United Nations conference on Aids on Sunday.
His strongest words for me, were “We are children, we have rights, we have a future,”.
Elijah also told the UN event on Ending AIDS by 2030 that was co- chaired by President Uhuru Kenyatta.
“Presidents, thank you for making the promise to end Aids by 2030. Please keep your promise,” he said.
Elijah added that an essential step in combatting the epidemic is to erase the stigma attached to those with HIV.
“The mother of my best friend told him not to play with me and that made me very sad”
He said his dream is to have earned a doctorate in science by 2030, when he will be 27 years old.
May he achieve this dream despite the stigmatization he faces. My heart broke when he talked about his best friend’s mother asking his friend not to play with him anymore. This just shows how illiteracy and lack if enlightenment is fueling the stigmatization and discrimination of HIV patients on Africa.