Photo Friday: Unbridled Joy

If you ever have the privilege to go to Africa, it’s hard to be prepared for the joy you will encounter. It’s likely not the first thing you would expect visiting a vast land with such complex struggles and rampant corruption. But to the degree that there is suffering and trial, you will find an equally deep well of unbridled joy.

These women have formed an HIV/AIDS support group at New Life Medical Center in Kitgum, Uganda. They have survived 20 years of war, lost family members, and are openly sharing their HIV+ status. The fact that they still smile at all is a small miracle in of itself. The fact that they are bringing change to their communities is amazing. Have one more look at the dignity and hope on their faces.