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11 year old shares his HIV survival story of stigma and discrimination

Elijah Lemayan received a standing ovation at a United Nations meeting after sharing a moving story of living with HIV/AIDS.

It’s not everyday that an 11-year old boy addresses and receives a standing ovation at a United Nations (UN) meeting.

Sharing his “heartbreaking story” of living with HIV/AIDS, Elijah Lemayan the 11-year-old boy, moved delegates and received a huge round of applause for sharing “his experience and challenges and those faced by other young people who are living with HIV/AIDS in Kenya”, citizentvreported.

Lemayan shared a moving story of stigma and discrimination. The boy said his best friend’s mother once asked her son not to play with him, the Star reported, highlighting deep-seated stigma in society which affects young children.

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Lemayan was invited to the UN Summit by UNAIDS Director, Mr Michel Sidibe, after he met him in Nairobi with President Uhuru Kenyatta.

“I was moved to tears by his moving story and I told him he must come to New York and share his story with the whole world and not with Kenyans alone,” said Mr Sidibe.

The boy received praise from President Kenyatta, who vowed to continue fighting stigma and increase efforts to keep HIV medication affordable.

Source: citizentv

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