Wednesday, January 07, 2009


We've heard of the death on Dec. 18 of one of the young orphans at Thembalethu. Siyabonga Vezi was 2 and 1/2 years old. His mother had died from AIDS and he was being cared for by his blind grandmother before he entered the orphanage. When Lorraine and Vic worked at the orphanage in the fall of 2007, Siyabonga was admitted to the local hospital, an hour away, on two occasions. He seemed to recover, but was very weak and thin. The virus took a toll and he apparently died from a brain infection. His death is a poignant reminder of what African AIDS Angels is all about. The Zulu name Siyabonga means "We thank you."

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