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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I want my kids to have warm shelter, bright future and good education. My family to accept me. I want to own a house, to be independent, have a good job so I can raise my children -- to educate them.
Nthabiseng Lamona
Cape Town project participant

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