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HIV/Aids – its effect on chlldren's lives

HIV/Aids has had a huge effect on the daily lives of Zambian people. More than one in seven Zambian adults is infected and the disease has claimed enough lives to leave many children orphaned or living with relations or a guardian. These adopted families often find it hard enough to feed themselves, let alone an extra mouth or two, so the children are sent out to work - perhaps selling nuts on street corners, perhaps breaking stones day after day in the quarry. These children very little to laugh about and their short lives are filled with sadness, anxiety, fear, instablility and loss of confidence, interspersed with periods of hope and happiness.