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



16-year-old Saquina and her 18-year-old brother Irenio head a family of children; the youngest, Miro, is 4 years old and is nicknamed “Michael Jackson” because he loves to dance. The children live on their own in two rooms (the third room is rented out for $10 per month for income) without electricity or running water. Their only other source of support is Reecontro, who provides them with rice and oil every two weeks and pays their school fees. They have a small yard where they bathe, cook and eat. Their yard ends at a smoking dump filled with children playing and turkeys scavenging for food.

The children lost their mother in March of 2007 to AIDS and they are still grieving that loss. Their father was killed in a fight in 2001. While their grandparents are still alive, they live in other provinces and the children have not had the money to visit them or to visit their father’s burial site.

Participating in The House Is Small gave Saquina a new hobby and an opportunity to get out of the house. Saquina learned that photography can be complex and that there are different cameras and lenses one can use. She enjoys taking photos of her family to capture their personalities and help to preserve family memories.

comments from website visitors:

Saquina, you take beautiful and thought provoking pictures. Keep up the great work!
Posted Tuesday, June 10, 2008 5:14PM

Saquina: You are good at framing your subjects! Your Mom would be very proud of you and Irenio and the fine work you've done! /ejs
elise atearthlinkdotnet
Memphis TN
Posted Thursday, August 09, 2007 11:41AM

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