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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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The littlest one
Irenio

Cooking
Latifa

Baby backpacks
Antonio Augustin

The front door
Braselino

Girl with a baby
Irenio

Mónica

Life at home
Braselino

Light in the dark
Braselino

Children raising children
Farida

 

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When my parents died some neighbors and family abandoned us, although some are still supportive, but it is different than before. Now, my family will say hello in the street, but they will not come into our home. I asked my Uncle, why doesn’t anyone visit us? Why won’t people visit?
Inocencia
Maputo project participant


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