Kun Kun is photographed snuggling with Miss Liu, one of his favorite teachers.
Last December, a total of 203 villagers in Xichong country, Sichuan signed a petition demanding that an eight-year-old boy infected with HIV be removed from their village and treated in insolation.
The story made headlines worldwide, and despite protest from reporters and readers across China, young Kun Kun was sent to Linfen Red Ribbon School in Shanxi on March 3 while accompanied by his grandfather Luo Wenhui and an official from his village. The school is the only one of its kind in China, and has been providing education and medical treatment to children suffering with HIV or AIDS since December 2011.
After a two-week stay, reporters from The Beijing Time and Tencent Charity Fund on March 19 paid a visit to Kun Kun’s school to report on his new life there.
Kun Kun plays alone at his new school.
It was revealed that Kun Kun’s grandfather, who raised the boy, had dropped him off at the school and left after he fell asleep, as he was afraid that Kun Kun would not allow him to leave.
Kun Kun’s teacher told reporters that he has actually made great progress, as he had never even learned to line up before.
The class goes running in the morning.
Kun Kun is unable to keep up with the pace of his classmates, but his teacher encourages him to keep going.
According to Guo Xiaoping, the principal of the school, Kun Kun’s physical strength is notably below that of the other students.
“Fortunately, he has been sent here in time,” Guo said, adding that Kun Kun started taking medication last November. Generally speaking, the virus grows within eight to 10 years after a person has been infected with HIV. At Kun Kun’s age, it’s crucial that he undergoes proper treatment.
Kun Kun and Jiang Jiang.
Kun Kun and Jiang Jiang are classmates as well as roommates. Kun Kun is two years older than Jiang Jiang, and while the two are good friends, they often butt heads.
In Chinese class, Kun Kun once attacked Jiang Jiang. Gradually, Kun Kun has become less mischievous, his teacher says.
In Music class, Kun Kun doesn’t pay much attention to the teacher but constantly plays with the instruments in class. The teacher told Kun Kun that she would teach him how to play an instrument after class as long as he learned how to sing.
Kun Kun faces a corner to play with his cell phone.
Kun Kun sleeps in his dorm.
Kun Kun is seen playing with his friends
He didn’t say a word when he had arrived at the school, but Kun Kun can study and talk like a normal student now, reporters say.
Kun Kun never ate buns or noodles in his hometown.
Kun Kun shows off his Chinese homework to reporters. He has learned some pinyin and remembered a poem.
By Lucy Liu
[Images via Tencent]