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Sameh Chiboub
Samkelo Somi
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Seetsa Mosoma
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Seiso
Selamawit
Shaun
Shaun Hart
Shirley Seqobane
Sicelo
Simamkele
Sithembiso Hlatshwayo
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Siyabonga Morwasetla
Siyabonga Nokumbi
Siyamthanda
Sizwe
Steven Marakeng Mpyana
Sthabile
Sunday Mukaza
Tapera Jani
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Tendani Yaka
Thando
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Thomas
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Anele Nyongwana
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In late April 2014 we took Anele (14) to visit her mother Sharon, as Anele's maternal grandmother (53) had just died.
A candle burned in a bottle, for the period of mourning.
We gave toys to the numerous children in the RDP house.
It is a step up from the shack where Anele grew up and where Anele was burned as an infant.
Anele in stripy top and stripy skirt
Anele's mother wore a dark floral dress and a pink cardigan.
Anele's Aunt Siphokazi was in blue
Anele's Uncle Thamsanqa in blue Tshirt



"Bunny girls": Loide (17) in grey and Anele (14) in light blue, April 2014 in Benoni, East Rand.



Anele (orange T-shirt) and her friend Sizwe, watch face painting at the Jo'burg School for the Blind, in September 2006.







Anele Nyongwana in February 2007 with Children of Fire Director Bronwen Jones and nurses in the Iris Ward of Netcare's Sunninghill Hospital.

Anele Nyongwana (6) came to Children of Fire in February 2006 from Ackenhoff, where she lives with her parents and siblings.

Anele had surgery with Martin Kelly at Sunninghill Hospital in March 2007, which made her face a lot more relaxed.

We hope that she will have more operations with this skilful surgeon.

She was referred to us by Dr. Bruno Pauly and volunteer Nolwandle Made. She sustained burns on her face and hand at the age of three months, when a candle fell over and set the paper on the shack walls alight. The burning material fell onto her face and burned it badly, and she injured her hand when she tried to push it of.

She was admitted to Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital. The nurses allegedly told her father that she would not make it and they suggested to give Anele an injection to let her “slip away”. Moses refused and requested to speak to the doctors. He stayed with his daughter the whole night, and in the end they told him she was going to be OK.

The skin of Anele’s face is contracted due to the scar tissue not growing; she cannot close her eyes and mouth in a relaxed situation, i.e. when sleeping.

We also noticed that her hair was tinged with red, which is usually a sign of malnutrition. She had a few problems adjusting to the new environment at Children of Fire and the school, especially encountering other burned children.

She ran onto the street in terror when passing the school yard, where Sicelo, Sizwe and Feleng (all of whom are burned in the face) were playing. She displayed shock and fear at the sight of other burns survivors until she was gradually acclimatized, thanks to the help and kindness of the other children. We have reasons to believe that Anele has more problems than just her disfigurement to deal with.

She is unusually affectionate towards strangers, or people she just met; while her spoken English is very good for a six-year-old and she often gives the picture of a sensible and intelligent child, she does not know how to use a toilet and is severely incontinent at night – worst of all, she does not seem to see that this is a problem.

Also she ran onto the street when a car was coming, from fear of the other burned children at the very beginning. Anele went to Johannesburg General Hospital for assessment several times.

In late April she returned for further assessment at Joburg Gen. She was booked for a tissue expansion to restore her hairline and possibly to build a nose-tip. Her eyelids are not top-priority yet; her pupils are not directly exposed to the air as she turns her eyes up at night.

Anele is set to spend the first half of June back with her two sisters and parents in Ackenhoff, enjoying her new warm winter cloths from Children of Fire as well as a Dis-Chem toothbrush and a hot water bottle from the pharmacists at Garden City Clinic.

On 20 June 2006 she will have her tissue expander implanted at Johannesburg General Hospital.






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