November 13, 2015

I met and fell in love with this beautiful Gogo today. She reminded me a lot of my own Gogo, tiny in her chair yet massive in presence. Now 88, she told us about her life, her children and her late husband. A life of hard work had sculpted her body but her smile and energy was that of a young woman.

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Aidan O'Neill
November 10, 2015

Today i made my fourth visit to the a small village just outside of Lavumisa, South Swaziland. On my first visit i was shocked by the children and where they were collecting water for their families, but when i returned today i couldn’t believe my eyes. What was a low river when i first visited in July had

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Aidan O'Neill
November 10, 2015

Today I received possibly one of the nicest, but definitely one of the saddest compliments of my life. When I gave Gogo her photograph, she said, through the interpreter,“it is so beautiful, I will use it as my portrait for my coffin when I die" 

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Aidan O'Neill
November 6, 2015

On a visit to the Elusitweni Women’s Home today I met Girlie Magaya. She asked if I wanted to record one of her poems. So in one take, and hearing it for the first time we shot this.

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Aidan O'Neill
November 3, 2015

I traveled again today with the amazing Hawane clinic team. They are such an incredible team of nurses. Their mobile unit continues to treat 8 different rural communities each month.

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Aidan O'Neill
October 31, 2015

As a consequence of the devastatingly high rate of HIV/AIDS in Swaziland, an increasing number of orphans and vulnerable children are left with the responsibility of running their household. With dead or missing parents, children are depended heavily upon to provide food and water for their families.

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Aidan O'Neill
October 21, 2015

ARTAID is collaborating with Lucky Mlotsa, an artist based in East Swaziland. Lucky works as an artist to help support his family, his sister and her two grandchildren. He told me that his mother was furious with him when he started painting. She couldn’t see how he could ever support himself or his family.

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Aidan O'Neill
October 15, 2015

Last week I traveled out to a homestead with two nurses who had heard that this family’s house had burnt down. With the father too ill to look after his kids and the mother not in the picture, the eldest girl, around 12 years old is now the head of the family. Nothando looks after her father and

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Aidan O'Neill
October 10, 2015

Thursdays clinic at Lavumisa, south Swaziland. The people of Lavumisa are some of the nicest people I’ve met so far on this trip. Everyone is so friendly and always take time to chat. They live in the harshest conditions I’ve ever seen. The rivers are super low or non existent with the

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Aidan O'Neill
October 7, 2015

2 clinic visits yesterday. Some of the women told me that without the visits from the team, they would go months without any treatment, often waiting until their conditions were unbearable, as the main clinics are too far away.

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Aidan O'Neill
October 1, 2015

I spent yesterday in the small town of Lobamba and was lucky enough to hang out with some incredible people. However, when i come home and look through the images i cant escape the fact that at least 1 in 4 people in Swaziland are living with HIV/AIDS. Just to be clear, i dont know

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Aidan O'Neill
September 29, 2015

Sunday morning and nothing to do but play with your neighbors. Under a bridge near a very affluent part of Swaziland women wash clothes as their children play. Such beautiful/friendly people.

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Aidan O'Neill
September 28, 2015

I met this guy yesterday at his ‘Stick and Mud” gallery. Lucky Mlotsa teaches art to around 20 local kids 3 days a week at his Gallery/Home. He told me “we couldn’t wait for someone to give us a studio so I started it in my house”

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Aidan O'Neill