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About the AIDS Orphans of Swaziland in Africa

Aug 20, 2008
AIDS orphans in Swaziland have nothing to smile about at all, I mean with no one to look after you especially when all you need is care in a country that in its self is having a hard time in dealing with the rate of poverty. If you are interested in knowing more about these AIDS orphans then read on as I try to present a clear and objective picture. I encourage you to read the article right to the end.

If projections are anything to go by the number of AIDS orphans in Swaziland increases at an alarming rate every year. These little ones do not have both the father and the mother; there are, however so very few cases where you can find one sickly parent still alive. The situation is unbearable in polygamous households because the children have only one father so when the he dies, the young ones are left without proper care and food.

The worst part is that, the mothers also become victims of the deadly virus. Death engulfs the mothers one after the other they pass on and the children are left to take care of themselves with no adult support or supervision. Relatives do try to assist at times but in most cases are unable to due to the large number of children to look after. As a result the children end up heading the household.

Just before the parents die the AIDS orphans actually become the parents to their parents i.e. the older one has to look after them and his or her siblings. In most instances the child is left drained because of the many chores such as cooking for the parents - since the parents have to take their medication on a full stomach.

To make matters worse, the elder child who becomes the head of the household often lacks some experience on how to take care of HIV infected people and thus become vulnerable to being infected with the HIV virus.

Having to cope with the pressure of being a student, parent and everything else, the orphan of AIDS does not get time to become a kid like any normal kid. I mean, before going to school in the morning, for those that do get the opportunity to go to school anyway, they have to become parents first. That is, wake the other sisters and brothers, bath them, make them some food out of nothing, that is if by chance there is food in the house and then see them off to school.

Most often these children have to walk long distances on barefoot just to get to school. In most cases they go to school on an empty stomach. No one can fully comprehend what these kids go through in winter without something descent to wear and proper school uniform and even summer under the boiling African sun.

Both Swazis and other people of the world can help these orphans if they open their hearts and show commitment in one way or the other. I know a number of the orphans that manage to live each day with a smile and contentment in their hearts. I have a friend who grew up exactly like this but has turned out to be a source of inspiration. All it took was one kind person who saw beyond his disadvantages and realized what a great person that orphan of AIDS could be.
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Just take some time to visit this initiative for AIDS orphans in Swaziland and you will find more information on this subject. You will have the opportunity to view actual pictures of where the children live and even the children themselves. I personally invite you to go to the site now and read more about Orphans of AIDS in Swaziland .
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