Monday, November 27, 2006
Robyn Dixon of the LA Times reports on the rise of orphans in Africa as a result on AIDS. In 1990, nine years after the AIDS virus was identified, the infection rate among adults was less than 1%. Since then, the infection rate in Southern Africa now is more than 15%. The statistics have been repeated so often they cease to shock, even as they soar: 25 million people have died worldwide. Forty million are living with HIV, the virus that causes acquired immune deficiency syndrome, and as many as 14.5 million children have been orphaned by the disease, according to UNAIDS. The report includes a video on AIDs orphans in Swaziland: where half of all kids are projected to be orphans in 10-15 years.
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