Friday, June 13, 2008

Farewell, Chau

Today I have only sad news: 17 year old Chau from Hue has passed away.

Chau died at home on Thursday at about 10.15pm. He has suffered from cancer for over a year, and now his pain is finally over.

I have written about Chau previously - here's my last blog that mentioned him.

One of our staff will travel south to Hue on Saturday to attend the funeral. This will be a very difficult trip; although we have comforted many children in our care after they lost relatives, we have never had to attend the funeral of one of the kids in our programs.

There is no surprise that Chau has died - it's only been a question of time. But that doesn't reduce the grief for anyone, or lessen the sense of injustice about what he went through.

Long will you be remembered, Chau.


Anonymous said...

:( Michael,
I'm so sorry to hear it. Although as you said, it came as no surprise. But that doesn't make it any easier to accept...
At least he'll no longer have to suffer the pain. Rest in peace, Cha^u.

Anonymous said...

Damn. So sorry to hear that.

Alison said...

Farewell to a sweet seventeen year old - shouldn't happen!!

Very sad news indeed.