Photo Stories: African Women and Kids
Affected by AIDS Share their Lives



11-year-old Latifa is one of 7 siblings who lived together with their father and three mothers until 2002, when the last of their parents—Latifa’s mother and their father—died of AIDS within months of one another. Latifa was only 6 years old. At first, Latifa, her sisters, and brothers went to live with their aunt; when their aunt could no longer care for them, the children moved back into their parents’ one–room home with their eldest brother, now 18, becoming the head of their household.

Reecontro provided the children with food and school fees, and helped the children divide their one–room home into three separate rooms for the kids to share. Latifa, her sister Helrifa, and her youngest brother Allibrea share one room, sleeping on a thin blanket on the floor. Their father’s photograph hangs in their room and, for five years, his Suzuki motorcycle has faced their sleeping area. In addition to the support that they receive from Reencontro, their godmother, who lives in the U.S., sends them money. As a result, they have electricity and a television, which is very rare for a youth–run household.

Latifa attends school and her favorite subjects are Portuguese and math. She dreams of becoming a lawyer so that she can defend “the innocent.” When asked her impressions of the project, Latifa says that she feels grateful for what she has learned and for the ability to communicate with others through her photographs. Her hope? That people will respect her as a child and respect the photographs as having come from a child.

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Latifa:All of your photos are great.I am touched by 'Brother and Sister'.It is simply stunning...fantastic.'Family' touches the soul and mind.You have all my respect,may you prosper!
Donnetta LaShon
Posted Tuesday, June 10, 2008 11:51PM

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Brother and sister


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