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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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Girl with a baby
Irenio

The front door
Braselino

Cooking
Latifa

Children raising children
Farida

Light in the dark
Braselino

Baby backpacks
Antonio Augustin

Life at home
Braselino

The littlest one
Irenio

Mónica

 

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What I can say to my family, and my community, is that the most important thing is love, not money. Sometimes they say that they donít visit us because they have nothing to give us. We need love, not things. Even with money you can still feel alone inside.
Inocencia
Maputo project participant


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