Dark Side Of Life

The Sad Plight of Ah Long

December 17, 2010
The new house (left) built for Ah Long is just next to the old one (right)

The six-year-old HIV carrier, Ah Long – who has been living alone since his mother and father died of AIDS in 2008 and 2010 respectively – is now putting up at a charity home for the time being.

Prior to this, the boy did his own washing, cooking, studying and he also reared some chicken.

Ah Long making a fire to cook dinner

Ah Long playing in front of his house

Ah Long studying in his room alone

He had been living in his parents’ house at the foothill village of Malu Mountain in Liuzhou in Guangxi Province, China. Ah Long has an 84-year-old grandmother, who visited him quite frequently and often cooked for him. The granny also planted some vegetables near the house for Ah Long.

Ah Long carrying firewoods down the mountain path to his home

Due to his condition, he was rejected by the nearby primary school and most of the people including his friends distanced themselves from him. Even doctors did not want to treat his wounds and his only family member – his granny – refused to live with him. And the Welfare Department declined to take care of the boy.

His only companion is a dog called Lao Hei.

Ah Long playing with Lao Hei in front of their house

He used to receive 70 yuan monthly subsistence allowance from the civil bureau which was not enough.

Since Ah Long’s story was highlighted by the media, the boy has received tremendous attention from the public as well as the government in China.

Early this month, a charity home in the city of Liuzhou, where the boy lives at the foothill village of Malu Mountain, agreed to take care of him.

The government will also provide an annual living allowance of 1,200 yuan each to Ah Long and his 84-year-old grandmother.

Many people have also shown their love and care for the boy. They have been sending him food, toys, winter clothing and other essential items.

Caring netizens also raised 24,000 yuan to build a new home for Ah Long. One of them, Zhang Fei, who supervised the construction, said the new house is about 60-square-metre big. It has two bedrooms, a living room a kitchen and a toilet.

The new house (left) built for Ah Long is just next to the old one (right)

Now that Ah Long has gone to the charity home, the fate of the house is unknown. But it is heartening to know that Ah Long’s sad plight as a lonely orphan and society outcast is finally coming to an end. A better tomorrow beckons!

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8 Comments

  • Reply Aryanni S. Prayogo March 16, 2011 at 9:48 am

    I cried when I read about Ah Long, and have been praying for him ever since. I live far away from him and I was a kind of hopeless thinking that there was nothing I could do to help. I wish with all my heart that he would be happier, healthier and much mored cared and loved now. My family’s thought, love and pray go with him. May God keep you, Ah Long.. and may God bless your granny and those who care about you!

  • Reply Anne Cortez April 5, 2011 at 10:13 pm

    I was moved with Ah Long’s story and condition. For his early age, he already showed bravery, courage and fearlessness. A kid like him shouldn’t be condemned and abandoned. What he needs are understanding, acceptance, and a helping hand. I’m hoping that he’s doing better now. He is included in my prayers. God Bless you Ah Long!

  • Reply Shameful is right! April 15, 2011 at 5:26 pm

    God bless his granny? To hell with the wretch! How could you shun your own flesh and blood? Why is that old cow getting any money at all? If I were older and had the means, I would adopt the child myself. His family, neighbors, and everyone in the surrounding village who knew and refused to help before the media intervened are disgusting. For shame.

  • Reply Egmund G. Naibaho May 10, 2011 at 1:23 am

    fly Ah Long…..fly……

  • Reply Karina Mayangsari June 24, 2011 at 12:57 pm

    I open the website which tell the story about ah long everyday..and everyday i cry for him. I live in Indonesia.so far away from Ah long. everyday I think what I can do for helping Ah Long.But sadly, I’m Poor. I cant do anything for him. just pray for him everyday. I really wish to be his mom and adopt him if I had much money.I really upset with his Grandma and neighbors.They r crazy..
    But now I am happy to know that Ah long has moved to charity house.I wish people can love Ah long and take care of this wonderful boy. I love you Ah long..really love you..you make me realize how lucky I am and my life..
    For the rich people and shopaholic, if you want to see how Ah long’s life, maybe you can consider to save 1USD after you buy new Channel’s bag for many Ah-long in the world..

  • Reply Esty handayani July 29, 2011 at 11:10 pm

    Oh my… Why people do that cruel thing??? He’s just a boy, lil boy!! It isn’t his fault and maybe he doesn’t understand why people treat him like that.
    Anyone know where he lives now? I think someday when I have a chance to go to China, I wanna visit him.

  • Reply s December 7, 2013 at 6:54 pm

    what about his dog!? his only friend!

  • Reply Sergey December 19, 2014 at 7:54 pm

    Hello, I would like to know about Ah Long. Do somebody know about him ?

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