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HIV Positive performer Sadir Waridjo stuck in Indonesia with no asylum in sight

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As a Cruise Director I have known many close friends from around the globe. One very dear friend performed on the ship in a number that shed light on Indonesian culture, through story and dance. Later I ran into Sadir living in Los Angeles, working as a model. During 9/11 Sadir lived just a hallway away in NYC.

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When the planes hit The World Trade Center I ran to Sadir's door, when he came out his response was not that of an Indonesian, but of a person living in the United States, where a society had accepted Sadir's talents as an Asian model, performer, and openly Gay man.

I share Sadir's message as it puts a face to HIV and our GLBT community in need of Asylum. Sadir's plea for help was sent through social media, because his emails would not reach me from Indonesia. When sent they would be completely blank, just showing his email address. The fact that his emails are not being sent, scares me, from a country that is not very kind to GLBT individuals, and especially if they are HIV Positive. Sadir is just one face, who needs Asylum in the United States. Imagine how many have suffered, and are still suffering because they don't have a way to inform our society, or contact those who can pulls strings to give Asylum to those in need of HIV Meds and from being prosecuted for being GLBT. I hope this story will help this kind taleted artsist.

"I have been through a lot these last a few years, I found out I was HIV Positive. Three years ago my Mom in Indonesia was not well. My Mom asked me if I come back to Indonesia for a short visit. She is the only parent left of mine. My siblings suggested me to come back to Indonesia as soon as possible, plus when my Father passed away, I was still in the United States at that time. I really wanted to visit his grave.

With those reasons, I decided to make a trip back to Indonesia, but just as I tried to go back to the United States, my Indonesian papers would not go through, and finally my return flight ticket expired. I moved to Bali, because I thought that being a Gay man would be more accepted there. I was told it would be easier to get HIV meds in Bali. Being Gay in Indonesia at this time is still very difficult. To be GLBT is not accepted, and for being HIV Positive is difficult because of the treatment by others. I can't say all in this email, but anyone can Google what happens here in these two maters. Quickly you know how things are!

So much hatred and descrimination is here around us everyday. The HIV meds in Bali have been bad for me. I had a serious reactions with food and drinks. Many day's I get very very sick. I can't even eat or drink, then I passed out at my neighbors place. Every time I went to see a Doctor, they would not do anything.

I'm very very scared about this situation. I made my way to talk to The Embassy in Bali, saying that I want to ask for Asylum in United States. Every place I was sent they suggested me to go to back to Jakarta. I was sick and feeling weak, but I made it to Jakarta a few times. Every time I went to each Embassy they would not let me go in for HIV or Gay Asylum. They say that this is now my personal problem.

In the process, I wrote many letters to Government both in Bali and Java but with no responce, I filed complaint to The Human Right Office in Jakarta, but they would never contact me back. Then I filed another complain to Human Rights Office in Bali, and until now they still will not acknowledge my letters or pleas. At this time I have to be very careful with what I eat and drink so, I moved to Jawa with my siblings to stay healthy. At first, I had to make trips every month Java-Bali for meds, but I can't make that trip anymore from Java. It is a very frustrating process.

I am still having stomach issues with food. I don't know what to do anymore. I get sick alot. Again The Human Rights Office in Bali said that they would contact me in two weeks regarding to my complaint. That was months ago. I filed my first complaint 2 years ago, but don't know how much time I have left. Please help me contact someone in the United States to get my United States Green Card back or Asylum."

As we read Sadirs plea for help. I can't help thinking, what if this was me? What if this was you? We must find a way to help those who have proven to be good in our Society. I will never forget 9/11 and the look on Sadir's face and tears streaming down his face, as planes had demolished The World Trade Center, where Sadir was just hired to work as a waiter days before. Sadir could have been in The World Trade Center on 9/11 but Sadir's life was saved. Now I know why. It was to share his story, put a model's face to a HIV Positive performer stuck in Indonesia, with no sign of Asylum in site.


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