Thursday, February 26, 2009

Not just orphaned, but completely homeless too

Read this excerpt from an article I found from the Global Health Reporting site: (January 30th, 2009)

The United Nations and other international aid agencies estimate that many of the 1.5 million AIDS orphans in Zambia by 2010 will be homeless, the Inter Press Service reports. However, the government has disputed the extent of the situation, and Zambia's Central Statistical Office estimates that the number of orphans and vulnerable children in 2007 was about 85,000. The Inter Press Service reports that while the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Zambia "cuts a wide path through the population," the number of AIDS orphans and vulnerable children will continue to increase.

This means that in one year from now, several thousands of AIDS orphans, in Zambia alone, will be homeless. No family, no shelter, no food, no friends... 12, 8, 5, even 2 year olds out on the streets...alone...with nowhere to go. The number of orphans is going up. We must do something.

Tara K.

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