Taking Away the Distance: A Young Orphan's Journey and the AIDS Epidemic in Africa Crusade to Unite Children Orphaned by the E

Taking Away the Distance: A Young Orphan's Journey and the AIDS Epidemic in Africa Crusade to Unite Children Orphaned by the E

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ISBN-13: 9780786732647
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 04/20/2009
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 272
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

The Emmy-nominated Miles Roston is a writer and director of films, his most recent being the documentaries Make It Real (to me) for the Sundance Channel, and 14 Million Dreams. Both films dealt with the AIDS epidemic in Africa and its effect on children. Currently he is at work writing and directing a major motion picture, a fable dealing with children orphaned by the AIDS epidemic.

Table of Contents


Foreword     ix
Prologue: Happy Beginnings     1
Meeting Kevin Sumba     4
Orphans on Oprah     13
Return to Kevin     16
Unable to Return     21
Kevin's Next Journey Begins     25
Back to Kenya     37
Albert     42
A Brief Note about God and Condoms     46
The Effect of No Condoms, Stigma, and Preparing to Die     48
Memory Books     57
Death and Watergate     59
Jane Ochola and God     63
Children     68
Science and Condoms     72
From Botswana to Australia     76
Condoms, Condoms, Condoms     84
You've Got to Take Your Tea with Sugar     89
The Mayor     91
A Brief Note about a Congressman     95
The Road to Nairobi     97
What Orphans Learn in Nairobi     102
Chicken and French Fries, and Darth Vader 109     109
Conspiracies and Abstinence     114
Meeting the Archbishop     117
Nyumbani and Humphrey     120
Medicine and Orphans     126
Who Makes the Medicines?     132
What Julia DidAfterward     139
Just How Bad is the AIDS Epidemic?     142
How Did It Get This Bad?     146
A New Kind of "Misery"     149
Dr. Richard Muga     151
Who's in Charge?     153
The War     157
Ponlapat Takes on Kevin's Quest     160
The Sound of One Heart Breaking     175
Lord Buddha and Condoms     179
Kevin and His Rights     184
Human Rights     192
What Kevin Learned from New York     201
A Happy Ending for a street Child     203
The Other Side of the World     206
Kevin Wears the Suit     211
Kevin Meets the Vice President     213
Orphans Reunited with Seventh Day Adventist Chicken     220
Kevin Leaves the Big City     223
Some Happy Endings     228
Orphans of the World, Unite!     231
Epilogue: And Now...     236
Acknowledgments     240

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Taking Away the Distance: A Young Orphan's Journey and the AIDS Epidemic in Africa Crusade to Unite Children Orphaned by the Epidemic 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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Beyond the statistics. Beyond the stereotypes. Miles Roston introduces us to a real kid - Kevin - and the real life challenges facing children orphaned by the HIV/AIDS epidemic around the world. Kevin is a courageous young man who continued to go school after both his parents died. Roston, a filmmaker, transitions into the role of a humanitarian as he learns more about Kevin's courage and desperate attempt to live a full life. Roston who understands the global HIV/AIDs leadership dynamics realizes the urgency of ensuring that the children are protected and guaranteed a future. Roston's frustration with slow actions gives him the courage to give Kevin a louder voice in the world. Plus, Roston fulfills Kevin dream of going to medical school. Imagine if more children asked world leaders for the truth on HIV/AIDS and what really is being done to help entire communities devastated by HIV/AIDS. Imagine if more people 'adopted' one orphan and ensured that the child had an education and a future. The world would certainly be a better place. Read 'Taking Away the Distance' and see what one little kid in Kenya inspired in a filmmaker from New York City.