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The Universal Language

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 7, 2013 by stevemccurry

INDIA-10841 (1) India

A warm smile is the universal language of kindness.
- William Arthur Ward

TIBET-10535Tibet

AFGHN-12243Afghanistan 

A smile is the universal welcome.
- Max Eastman

BURMA-10454Burma

AFGHN-12232Afghanistan

INDIA-10843India

A kind heart is a fountain of gladness, making everything in its vicinity freshen into smiles.
- Washington Irving

INDIA-10004NF  An Indian tailor caught in the monsoon floodwaters in
Porbandar, India

Look back, and smile on perils past.
- Sir Walter Scott

AFGHN-10118NFAfghanistan

The robbed that smiles, steals something from the thief.  
- William Shakespeare, Othello

KASHMIR-10017 (1)Kashmir

00093_08. Mother and Daughter in Afghanistan, 2003, AFGHN-12678NFAfghanistan

CAMBODIA-10115NFCambodia

Every smile makes you a day younger.
- Chinese Proverb

BURMA-10024Burma

Laughter is day, and sobriety is night;
a smile is the twilight that hovers gently between both, more bewitching than either.
– Henry Ward Beecher

China, 1984, final book_iconicChina

HONDURAS-10018NFHonduras

EUROPE-10072, Berlin, Germany, 1988, GERMANY-10059Celebration in Berlin, Germany

Peace begins with a smile.
- Mother Teresa

AFGHN-13293, Afghanistan, 1984. A man holds a baby.Afghanistan

VIETNAM-10010NFVietnam

The real man smiles in trouble, gathers strength from distress,
and grows brave by reflection.
– Thomas Paine

_SM16823, Myanmar, Burma, 02/2011, BURMA-10289NFBurma

Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but
sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.
- Thich Nhat Hanh

AFGHN-12369Afghanistan

The Life of Things

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on April 8, 2013 by stevemccurry

VIETNAM-10034

Vietnam

While with an eye made quiet by the power
Of harmony, and the deep power of joy,
We see into the life of things.
- William Wordsworth,
Lines Written a Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey

_SM19701, Myanmar/Burma, BURMA-10484

Burma

 

_SM13955, Rome, Italy, 05/23/2011

Italy

 

BURMA-10470NF2

Burma

 

ITALY-10465

Italy

 

INDIA-11589

India

Portraits often seem pregnant with speech, or as if their subjects have just finished saying something,

or will soon speak the thoughts that inform their faces, the thoughts we’re invited to read.
Landscapes are full of presences, visible or unseen; soon nymphs or a stag or a
band of hikers will make themselves heard.

NEPAL-10006

Nepal

But no word will ever be spoken here, among the flowers and snails,
the solid and dependable apples,
this heap of rumpled books,
this pewter plate on which a few opened oysters lie, giving up their silver.

_DSC9141, India, 2007. INDIA-11923NF. A clay monkey diety in India.

India

These are resolutely still, immutable, poised for a forward movement that will never occur.

The brink upon which still life rests is the brink of time, the edge of something about to happen.
Everything that we know crosses this lip, over and over,
like water over the edge of a fall, as what might happen does,
as any of the endless variations of what might come true does so,
and things fall into being,
tumble through the progression of existing in time.

BURMA-10178, Schwedagon, Yangon, Burma, February, 2010

Burma

But the still life resides in absolute silence.
― Mark Doty, Still Life with Oysters and Lemon: On Objects and Intimacy

CAMBODIA-10145

Cambodia

 

Laos, 2004, Phaidon, Iconic Images, final book_iconic

Laos

 

Cinecitta, Italy, 07/2011, _SM18778

Italy

 

 

_SM19448; Myanmar/Burma; BURMA-10483

Burma

 

_SM16798, myanmar, burma, 02/2011, BURMA-10312

Burma

 

_2SM2652; India; 04/2012; INDIA-11987. A dog sleeps.retouched_Sam Schubert

India

_SM12466_sf

Italy

 

_SM13459, Rome; Italy; 05/2011;

Italy

THAILAND-10143

Thailand

Still Life
Cool your heels on the rail of an observation car.
Let the engineer open her up for ninety miles an hour.
Take in the prairie right and left, rolling land and new hay crops, swaths of new hay laid in the sun.
A gray village flecks by and the horses hitched in front of the post-office never blink an eye.
A barnyard and fifteen Holstein cows, dabs of white on a black wall map, never blink an eye.
A signalman in a tower, the outpost of Kansas City, keeps his place at a window with the
serenity of a bronze statue on a dark night when lovers pass whispering.
- Carl Sandburg

USA-10298

Kansas, United States

 

_DSC9625_sf

Burma

 

CAMBODIA-10076

Cambodia

 

INDIA-10279

India

Still Life
Sublime, serene
Found arrangements
Formal compositions.
Which is which?

Silent Language of Hands

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 6, 2013 by stevemccurry
AFGHN-12947

Afghanistan

Behold the hands
how they promise, conjure, appeal, menace, pray, supplicate, 

refuse, beckon, interrogate, admire, confess, cringe, instruct, command, 
mock and what not besides, with a variation and multiplication of
variation which makes the tongue envious.
- Michel de Montaigne

AFGRL-10002

Sharbat Gula, Nasir Bagh Refugee Camp, Peshawar, Pakistan

 

VIETNAM-10042

Vietnam

Our hands often reveal what we really think but do not say.
They can show a range of feelings and emotions from confusion and frustration
to joy, understanding, love, and compassion. 

AFGHN-10089NF

Afghanistan

Among all species, our human hands are unique — not only in what they can accomplish,
but also in how they communicate. Human hands can paint the Sistine Chapel, pluck a guitar,
maneuver surgical instruments, chisel a David, forge steel, and write poetry.
They can grasp, scratch, poke, punch, feel, sense, evaluate, hold and mold the world around us.
- Joe Navarro

USA-10003

Florida, United States

 

USA-10169NF2

New York City, United States

When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives means the most to us,
we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions,or cures,
 have chosen rather to share our pain
 and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand.
- Henri Nouwen

CUBA-10016

Cuba

Let us touch the dying, the poor, the lonely and the unwanted
according to the graces we 
have received and
let us not be ashamed or slow to do the humble work.
- Mother Teresa

CHINA-10040

Tibet

Hands calm us, feed us, and scratch our backs.
They intimidate, bless, encourage, and stop us.  They soothe and caress.
They draw our attention to the good and the bad, often suggesting exuberance or fear.
- Charles Flowers introduction to Elliott Erwitt’s Handbook

MALI-10008

Mali

 

KASHMIR-10020

Kashmir

 

TIBET-10540

Tibet

Hands have saved lives and taken them just as easily.
They create the saviors of life as well as the purveyors of death.
Creating and destroying with a single move
a finger can move mountains or search the unknown heavens.
Hands live to caress and love.
Hands live to fight and die.
Forever living hands, forever exploring hands.
- Bruce Alan Humphrey

AFGHN-12728NF

Afghanistan

To receive everything, one must open one’s hands and give.
- Taisen Deshimaru

BURMA-10026

Burma

Your hand opens and closes, opens and closes.
Your deepest presence is in every small contracting and expanding, the two as
beautifully balanced and coordinated as birds’ wings.
- Rumi ( 1207 – 1273)

IRELAND-10001

Ireland

 

JAPAN-10036

Japan

Hold a true friend with both hands
- African Proverb

PARAGUAY-10030

Paraguay

To pray means to open your hands before God.
- Henri Nouwen

USA-10001

United States

 

AFGHN-13265NF

Kunar Province, Afghanistan

Kunar Province, Afghanistan

RUSSIA-10108NF

Russia

The hands which beckon,
embrace, soothe, and comfort us
Bid us farewell.

00443_14; 00443_ 010; Uganda; Africa; 2001;

Uganda

…For saints have hands that pilgrims’ hands do touch, And palm to palm is holy palmers’ kiss.
Romeo and Juliet, Act I, Scene 5
-William Shakespeare

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The Lives We Live

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 19, 2012 by stevemccurry

The doors we open and close each day decide the lives we live.
- Flora Whittemore

AFGHN-12708

Maimana, Afghanistan

Since the beginning of time, doors have
symbolized both great opportunities and thwarted dreams.

INDIA-10870

Varanasi, India

Morocco-10024; 00541_07; Morocco; 03/1988

Morocco

The open door is a metaphor for new life, a passage
from one stage of life to another, and metamorphosis.
Closed doors represent rejection and exclusion.

KASHMIR-10076

Kashmir

The Door
Too little has been said
Of the door,
its one face turned to the night’s
Downpour
and its other
To the shift and glisten of firelight.

AFGHN-12927NF

Bamiyan, Afghanistan

For doors are both frame and monument
To our spent time,
And too little
Has been said of our
coming through and leaving by them.
- Charles Tomlinson

INDIA-10412

India

CAMBODIA-10002

Cambodia

TIBET-10927

Tibet

A door just opened on a street–
I, lost, was passing by–
An instant’s width of warmth disclosed
And wealth, and company.

The door as sudden shut, and I,
I, lost, was passing by,–
Lost doubly, but by contrast most,
Enlightening misery.
- Emily Dickinson

AFGHN-10235

Kabul, Afghanistan

BURMA-10005

Mingun Pagoda, near Mandalay, Burma/Myanmar

AFGHN-12648

West Kabul, Afghanistan

INDIA-10556

India

USA-10256

Los Angeles, United States

The door swings open:
O god of hinges,
god of long voyages,
you have kept faith.
It’s dark in there.
You confine yourself to the darkness
You step in.
The door swings closed.
- Margaret Atwood

AFGHN-12467NF

Kabul, Afghanistan

AFGHN-13116NF

Bamiyan, Afghanistan

INDIA-11038NF

Bombay/Mumbai, India

AFGHN-10156

Kabul, Afghanistan

BANGLADESH-10020

Dhaka, Bangladesh

CAMBODIA-10145

Monastery at Rolous, Cambodia

YUGOSLAVIA-10055

Macedonia

The Door

Go and open the door.
Maybe outside there’s
a tree, or a wood,
a garden, or a magic city.

Go and open the door.
Maybe a dog’s rummaging.
Maybe you’ll see a face,
or an eye, or the picture of a picture.

Go and open the door.
If there’s a fog
it will clear.

Go and open the door.
Even if there’s only
the darkness ticking,
even if there’s only
the hollow wind,
even if nothing is there,
go and open the door.

At least there’ll be a draught.
- Miroslav Holub
translated from the Czech by Ian Milner

YEMEN-10094

Yemen

VIETNAM-10019

Vietnam

The closing of a door can bring blessed privacy and
comfort – the opening, terror.
Conversely, the closing of a door can be a sad and final thing -
the opening a wonderfully joyous moment.
- Andy Rooney

It Takes Two

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 12, 2012 by stevemccurry

 Here are some pictures of couples all over
the world who have a relationship that is
evident in their gestures of caring, their body
language, their eyes.

MAURITANIA-10013

Mauritania

If we are a metaphor of the universe,
the human couple is the metaphor par excellence,
the point of intersection of all forces and the seed of all forms.
The couple is time recaptured, the return to the time before time.
– Octavio Paz, Mexico, Nobel Laureate in Literature

CUBA-10023

Havana, Cuba


BRAZIL-10013NF5

Brazil

A4487718, THAILAND-10041NF, Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai, Thailand


ITALY-10067

Venice, Italy

What is essential is invisible to the eye.
 - Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

ITALY-10060

Rome, Italy

Grow old along with me.
The best is yet to be, the last of life,
for which the first was made.
Our times are in his hand who saith,
A whole I planned, youth shows but half;
Trust God: See all, nor be afraid!
– Robert Browning

FRANCE-10056

France

 

USA-10394

New York City


AFGHN-13082NF

Bamiyan Province, Afghanistan

Life has taught us that love does not
consist in gazing at each other but in looking outward
together in the same direction.
-Antoine de Saint-Exupéry,
Wind, Sand, and Stars

TIBET-10119

Tagong, Tibet

Take away love and our earth is a tomb.
– Robert Browning

YUGOSLAVIA-10057

Gostivar, Macedonia

 

INDIA-10313

Agra, India

The heart has its reasons that reason knows nothing of. 
- Blaise Pascal, Pensées, 1670

UGANDA-10002

Uganda

To love someone deeply gives you strength.
Being loved by someone  deeply gives you courage.
- Lao-Tzu

YEMEN-10046

Sanaa, Yemen

 

IRELAND-10010

Dublin, Ireland

 

YUGOSLAVIA-10063

Belgrade, Serbia

One word frees us of all the weight and pain in life.
That word is love.
– Sophocles

ITALY-10085

Rome, Italy

 

TURKEY-10022

Istanbul, Turkey

CAMBODIA-10085

Cambodia

 

ITALY-10268NF

Rome, Italy

The couple is time recaptured, the return to the time before time.
– Octavio Paz, Mexico, Nobel Laureate in Literature

Between Darkness and Light

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 17, 2011 by stevemccurry

UGANDA-10002 Kampala, Uganda

 Shadows:  The places between darkness and light

Young Cambodian boys play in the ruins of Preah Khan near Angkor Wat, Cambodia.  Preah Khan, surrounded by jungle, is named for a sacred sword Jayavarman II left to his successor, is still guarded by his descendants.  Preah Khan, Angkor, Cambodia, 1999.Cambodia

“Look round and round upon this bare bleak plain, and see even here, upon a winter’s day, how beautiful the shadows are.
  Alas!  It is the nature of their kind to be so.
The lovliest things in life are but shadows, and they come and go, and change and fade away…”

- Charles Dickens 

AFGHN-10156Kabul, Afghanistan

War's toll on the psyche is etched on faces at Marastun, a shelter for the mentally ill in Kabul.  Afghans tell of relatives gone made from years of dodging bombs or being forced to fight alongside Soviets against the mujahidin.Kabul, Afghanistan

00230_ 008, Mazar i Sharif, Afghanistan, 2002, AFGHN-10133Afghanistan

Burma, 2010Burma/Myanmar

CAMBODIA-10126Cambodia

INDIA-10298nsBodh Gaya, India

00246_01 An Indian girl peers out of a train window, 1983.Girl peeks out a train window, India

Mud mosque, Djenne, Mali, 1986. MALI-10012NF7 Unguarded Moment_BookMud Mosque, Mali

DSC_4269; japan; 05/2011; may; 2011, JAPAN-10101NF2After the earthquake and tsunami, Japan, 2011 

PHILIPPINES-10048; Philippines, 03/1986Philippines

VIETNAM-10007Vietnam

VIETNAM-10004Vietnam

YUGOSLAVIA-10032, Yugoslavia, 1989Croatia

USA-10294Grand Central Terminal, New York

INDIA-10204
Train Station, Old Delhi, India 

 “The Sun never knew how wonderful it was until it fell on the wall of a building.”

Louis Kahn, Architect
quoted in the forward of  the book,
In Praise of Shadows,  Junichiro Tanizaki

CAMBODIA-10052Cambodia

FRANCE-10028, France, 1989  Marseilles, France

AFGHN-10225Jalalabad, Afghanistan 

Open and Closed

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 28, 2011 by stevemccurry

VIETNAM-10019Vietnam

Since the beginning of time, doors have symbolized both great opportunities and thwarted dreams.  The open door is a metaphor for new life, a passage from one stage of life to another, and metamorphosis.  Closed doors represent rejection and exclusion. 

KASHMIR-10076Kashmir

The Door
Too little
has been said
Of the door, its one
Face turned to the night’s
Downpour and its other
To the shift and glisten of firelight.

AFGHN-12927NF4 Bamiyan, Afghanistan 

For doors
Are both frame and monument
To our spent time,
And too little
Has been said
Of our coming through and leaving by them.
- Charles Tomlinson

INDIA-10412 India

CAMBODIA-10002 Cambodia

TIBET-10927Tibet

AFGHN-10235Kabul, Afghanistan

BURMA-10005Mingun Pagoda, near Mandalay, Burma/Myanmar

INDIA-10221Porbandar, India

AFGHN-12648 West Kabul, Afghanistan

INDIA-10556India

USA-10256Los Angeles, United States

 The door swings open:

O god of hinges,
god of long voyages,
you have kept faith.
It’s dark in there.
You confide yourself to the darkness
You step in.
The door swings closed.
- Margaret Atwood

AFGHN-12467NF Kabul, Afghanistan

AFGHN-13116NF Bamiyan, Afghanistan

A door just opened on a street–
I, lost, was passing by–
An instant’s width of warmth disclosed
And wealth, and company.

The door as sudden shut, and I,
I, lost, was passing by,–
Lost doubly, but by contrast most,
Enlightening misery.
- Emily Dickinson

INDIA-11038NFBombay/Mumbai, India

AFGHN-10156Kabul, Afghanistan

BANGLADESH-10020 Dhaka, Bangladesh

The closing of a door can bring blessed privacy and comfort – the opening terror.
Conversely, the closing of a door can be a sad and final thing.
The opening a wonderfully joyous moment.
- A. Rooney
CAMBODIA-10145 Monastery at Rolous, Cambodia

YUGOSLAVIA-10055Macedonia

Family, Nature’s Masterpiece

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 11, 2010 by stevemccurry
TIBET-10567

Tagong, Tibet

 

AFGHN-10124-(1)

Families return to Herat, Afghanistan

 

BURMA-10235

Burma/Myanmar

 

“Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family. Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one.”
-Jane Howard

VIETNAM-10031

Viet Tri City, Vietnam

 

YEMEN-10037NF3

Tihamah Plain, Yemen

 

“The family is one of nature’s masterpieces.” - George Santayana

HONDURAS-10022

Honduras


INDIA-10423

Jodhpur, India


CHINA-10066

Shanghai, China


AFGHN-12369

Maimana, Afghanistan

 

MAURITANIA-10003

Tiguent, Mauritania

 

YUGOSLAVIA-10055

Macedonia

 

THAILAND-10028

Cambodian refugees in Thailand

 

INDIA-10405NF

Porbandar, Gujarat

 

“The family is the nucleus of civilization.” -  William Durant

Mother and Child

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 18, 2010 by stevemccurry
TIBET-10126NF

Woman and child at a Horse Festival in Tagong, Kham, Tibet

 

Artists have been depicting the special bond between mothers and their children for hundreds of years.

NEPAL-10036

Nepal


BURMA-10024NF2

Loikaw, Myanmar/Burma

 

GERMANY-10015NF3

Germany

 

YUGOSLAVIA-10049

Zagreb, Croatia

 

TIBET-10078

Kham, Tibet


Relationships can be difficult to describe, and sometimes an image tells the story better than words. Painters from the Renaissance to the Impressionists to Mary Cassat, Diego Rivero, Van Gogh, and Picasso each depict something special and unique about motherhood. One of the most powerful and unforgettable photos depicting a mother and her children in the history of photography, is Dorothea Lange’s photograph of a destitute mother and her children taken in 1936.

Dorothea Lange said in an interview about the picture, “She said that they had been living on frozen vegetables from the surrounding fields, and birds that the children killed. She had just sold the tires from her car to buy food. There she sat in that lean- to tent with her children huddled around her, and seemed to know that my pictures might help her, and so she helped me.”

YUGOSLAVIA-10075

Montenegro

 

VIETNAM-10046

Vietnam


AFGHN-12678NF-(1)

Afghanistan


“Thou art thy mother’s glass, and she in thee Calls back the lovely April of her prime…”
-William Shakespeare, Sonnet 3

AFGHN-10092NF

Ghazni, Afghanistan

 

INDIA-10214-(1)

Mumbai, India


AFGHN-12094NF2

Kamdesh, Afghanistan

 

AFGHN-10240NF6

Kabul, Afghanistan

 

A woman waits at the gate of presidential palace to inquire about her missing son who had been a soldier in the Afghan Army

“A mother’s love for her child is like nothing else in the world. It knows no law, no pity, it dares all things and crushes down remorselessly all that stands in its path.”
- Agatha Christie

Access to Life

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on October 9, 2010 by stevemccurry

I was privileged to be one of eight Magnum photographers who went around the world as part of the Global Fund Access to Life project.The exhibition has already traveled to seven countries and is now at the United Nations in New York.

The GF reports that one billion dollars has been raised as a result of this effort.That means that five million people have been able to go on antiretroviral treatments.

I had photographed AIDS patients before, but this assignment was different. It offered me the chance to see the positive results of the new AIDS treatments. The plan was that I was to meet the people who were being given free treatments that would keep them alive.

Nguyen Van Louc

Luan was a young woman who had just married at 19, had a small child, and expected to live a typical farmer’s life in the countryside. Out of the blue, she learned that her husband was dying from AIDS – and that she too had been infected with the virus. Knowing free treatment was available was the one thing that gave her a little bit of hope.
Luoc said he and his brother had shared a needle to inject vitamins, but his brother was infected with AIDS at the time. Sadly, Luoc died before the assignment was completed.

VIETNAM-10045

Nguyen Van Louc contracted AIDS from his brother.

VIETNAM-10003

Nguyen Van Luoc and his wife return to their home after visiting a local clinic. Due to his delicate health, she steadies him as they walk down a mud path between fields which will eventually grow rice. Two of their dogs greet them as they approach the house.

VIETNAM-10024

Nguyen Van Luoc and his wife, Luan at home, Thai Nguyen province, Vietnam, 2007

 

VIETNAM-10007

Nguyen Van Luoc sitting in bed at home late in the morning. Normally  he would be out in the field working, but due to his damaged immune system from HIV, he developed tuberculosis.

VIETNAM-10005

Luoc’s wife, Luan at their farmhouse, 2007

 

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Luoc’s aunt helps in the caretaking, 2007

 

VIETNAM-10008

Luoc’s wife and daughter mourn at his grave, 2008

 

Duong Van Tuyen

VIETNAM-10043

Duong Van Tuyen shortly before he died in December 2007, Thái Nguyên Province, 2007

 

VIETNAM-10035

Luong, his wife, cares for Tuyen in their home, 2007

 

VIETNAM-10042

Luong, December 2007

 

Luong reacts emotionally to discovering that she too is HIV-positive. Although their marriage became rocky once Tuyen was diagnosed with AIDS, Luong was resigned to her fate.

VIETNAM-10046

Luong consoles the couple’s son Toan, 2008

 

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Luong visits Tuyen’s grave, 2008

 

_MEX9532

Luong and Toan take a walk in the fields beyond their village. Luong now cares for Toan alone, 2008

 

 

Nguyen Quoc Khanh

The third person I photographed was Tiep. She had a breakfast stall in the market that was her family’s main source of income. But once people learned that her husband, Khanh, had AIDS, many of them stopped buying food from her. Yet Khanh represents the positive side of the AIDS story; he’s now recovering and knows it wouldn’t have turned out this way had he not received free treatment.

Nguyen Quoc Khanh, 44, husband of Tiep, father of Tanh, 16, and Binh, 13, began using opium when working in a gold mine. When opium sellers switched to heroin around 1995, Khanh did too, and then succombed to shared needle use.

Khanh first fell ill in 2002 and in 2007 he acquired TB. By the time he started antiretroviral treament, he was so weak he spent most of his life in bed. Only a few months after he began taking his ARVs he had found work and refurbrished their apartment.

VIETNAM-10004

Nguyen Quoc Khanh waiting to get his results from his blood test.

VIETNAM-10032

Viet Tri City, Vietnam. 2007

 

Nguyen Quoc Khanh with portrait of himself prepared for a shrine in the event of his death.

VIETNAM-10002

Nguyen Quoc Khanh’s wife, Tiep, and son, Binh, watch Nguyen Quoc Khanh in bed.

VIETNAM-10021

Nguyen Quoc Khanh lies in bed, Viet Tri, Phu Tho province, Vietnam, 2007

 

VIETNAM-10023

Nguyen Quoc Khanh gets his blood tested, Viet Tri, Phu Tho province, Vietnam, 2007.

 

VIETNAM-10010NF

After four months of treatment, Nguyen Quoc Khanh showed significant improvement and was able to go back to work. In the evening he demonstrates some martial arts moves to his daughter that he learned in his youth.  His wife is grateful for the dignity the treatment had brought back to her husbandand the family. She says, “when you’re between death and life and you come back, your health becomes precious.”  His work as a painter, sporadic as it is because he can’t afford to travel far, gives him and the family more inspiration than income, but they take it gratefully.

The percentage of Vietnam’s population infected with HIV is still low, at less than 1 percent. Most Vietnamese living with HIV became infected through contaminated needles while injecting drugs, and within this group, the rate of infection is radically higher. Because heroin and other drugs are cheap and casual use is common, HIV infection through drug use affects a larger part of the population in Vietnam than in many other countries.

It is gratifying to know that five million people have already gotten free medicine as a result of the donations made because of this exhibition.

http://www.theglobalfund.org/html/accesstolife/en/

ACCESS TO LIFE STATEMENT

Since the early 1980s, AIDS has ravaged the lives and livelihoods of millions of people. Nearly 30 million people have died from AIDS. But over the past few years, a quiet global revolution has enabled millions of people infected by HIV to live healthy lives.

In the early 1990s, when antiretroviral drugs became available, AIDS was transformed from a certain death sentence to a manageable, chronic disease–but only for some. The expense of the drugs and their distribution prevented 95 percent of those living with HIV from getting access to them. International outrage that millions were dying because of economic disparity helped reduce drug prices, and also helped to create the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria in 2002. Through the Global Fund and the U.S. President’s Emergency Program for AIDS Relief, the world began to invest in a massive roll out of antiretroviral treatment in more than 100 developing countries. Doctors and health care workers around the world have adapted complicated procedures to settings where people often could not access even the most basic care. Already, millions of lives that otherwise might have been lost are being saved. Equally important, providing treatment is becoming a central part of the efforts to prevent further spread of the disease.

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