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


in focus: Children raising children

Across the globe, children are utilized by their families in various ways to improve the household's chance of success. Some societies make efforts to emphasize protection and nurturing of children. But historically, children across cultures have borne the burden of earning additional income, maintaining resources, or assisting in caring for other family members. These circumstances demand attention be given to the health, welfare, and rights of these youngest members of society. In Africa, the responsibilities imposed upon even very young children can include acting as heads of household, due to the loss of parents to war, famine, or disease. HIV-related deaths among adults, in fact, has created a generation of children who have lost their parents and must now raise themselves. UNICEF estimates that there will be 20 million children orphaned by AIDS in Africa by 2010.

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Disclosing my HIV status was the biggest difficulty of my life. My mother has lost so many people to the virus and always said that she didn't want any of her children to have this disease.
Nwabisa Ndlokovane
Cape Town project participant

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