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We Are All the Same: A Story of a Boy's Courage and a Mother's Love Paperback – October 25, 2005
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The author of this book, Jim Wooten of ABC News, says that he is writing "about the relationship between a black child who never grew up and a white woman who never gave up. It has neither a happy ending nor even a promising beginning, for the child had no choice and no chance, and the woman knew all along what she was up against." Like the current U. S. deficit, the numbers of AIDS cases in Africa, or anywhere else for that matter, have very little impact on us. They are so large and impersonal. But the story of the courageous young Nkosi puts a face on the pandemic and in a small way brings it home to all of us. As the youngster said so eloquently: "We are all the same."
Both Nkosi and his adopted mother-- she actually did not adopt him legally and, according to Wooten, made every effort to see that he maintained a relationship with his birth family-- were heroes of the first order. (I kept wishing as I read this book in one setting that Wooten had provided the reader with a photograph of Ms. Johnson. I wanted to put a face on Nkosi's adopted "angel" mother.Read more ›
Veteran news correspondent Jim Wooten had spent much time reporting war, strife and upheaval on the African continent. It is through Jim's eyes, ears and soul that Nkosi Johnson's story is revealed. In February 1989 a tiny, sickly baby boy was born to Daphne, a single teenager living in poverty in a remote village with no name in what had once been Zululand. Daphne contracted AIDS during this second pregnancy, so at birth her baby was already destined to suffer.
While more developed parts of the world were setting up AIDS care centers, shelters and hospices, South Africa remained, medically speaking, in the Stone Age. Public officials refused to deal with the grave situation. President Thabo Mbeki stonewalled efforts to provide information about the disease and any possible treatment for it. In fact, Mbeki went so far as to say that AIDS medications were poison.
Daphne was frightened because her tiny baby was constantly ill and could not gain weight. She crossed social and cultural barriers just to take Nkosi to a clinic in the white part of town where a kindly doctor gave her the dreaded news that both she and Nkosi were afflicted. Daphne was determined to place her son someplace where he would be taken care of when she became too ill to look after him.Read more ›
In Africa AIDS is a heterosexual disease and a childrens disease. This little boy, Nkosi, fought for the rights of all persons with AIDS. Nkosi had tremendous courage and his mantra was to do all he could in the time he had. He was even the keynote speaker at a major AIDS conference in South Africa. He spoke in front of over 20,000 people at this conference.
Nkosi had a wisdom beyond his years. He was a very smart little boy. He had a sense of himself and was sophisticated far beyond his years. He was always willing to talk about persons with AIDS as he believed it was a cause far bigger than just himself.
Nkosi had a classmate in school who became his best buddy. Nkosi's teacher was just marvelous and treated Nkosi without a stigma. Living to 12 1/2 years Nkosi was one of the longest living pediatric aids babies in South Africa. As you read this wonderful book you will learn all about a this boy's courage and his mother's great love for him.
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This is a heart wrenching book, very well done. It gives historical context without feeling like a history lesson. Loved it, will share with family!!!Published 7 days ago by Miranda Esau
A poignant and important book. So many reviewers have articulated what makes this a story one never forgets. The title says it all. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Gabriella Contestabile author of 'The Artisan's Star'
This was an amazing and sad story I really found it showed me what life was like for this family and how hard the impact of HIV and aids really is in developing countries and our... Read morePublished 13 months ago by holly minch
Very good but sad story. It was for a school assignment. I probably wouldn't have read it if it wasn't because it's not the kind of thing I like to read, but I ended up liking it. Read morePublished on December 21, 2013 by George
Excellent book! I would recommend this for readers young and old. Several sections are saddening but depict a reality that should not be ignored.Published on November 15, 2013 by CCullum
This is one of the most moving book I have ever read in my life. After reading it you are sure to understand a lot more about the impact of AIDS, while at the same time you are... Read morePublished on May 31, 2013 by buy smart
This a very touching book about Nkosi, a young South African boy who had the HIV/AIDS virus. With inspiring and tremendous courage, the young Nkosi lived his short life making an... Read morePublished on October 3, 2011 by Calixthe
The battle against HIV and AIDS can boast any number of heroes (and cowards), and ABC News correspondent Jim Wooten focuses on two of the more courageous warriors. Read morePublished on January 12, 2011 by D. Cloyce Smith