Aids Epidemic, Lake Malawi, Africa

This narrow country of 12 million borders Lake Malawi. Tragically, some 1.2 million of its children have been orphaned by the AIDS epidemic that has swept sub-Saharan Africa

This number of AIDS orphans is projected to double or triple in this region by 2010. Already overtaxed relatives are turning away their orphaned nieces and nephews, granddaughters and grandsons, to fend for themselves on the streets. As a result, many children take up theft or prostitution as a means to survive.

Many of the children have lost both parents and are living in villages with relatives. But, in many cases these relatives are already caring for multiple children, sometimes as many as 30. Often there is no food for an additional mouth to eat.