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  Life is dangerous for orphaned children
Updated 21 May 2002, 19.25

Wisdom says that the spread of Aids is leaving children without parents.

"We have a big problem with HIV/Aids in Malawi.

It's having a big impact on young people's lives.

The main problem is orphan children.

We have approximately 850,000 orphans out of a population of only nine million people.

The problem starts when their parents die.

Child labour

Map showing Malawi
Orphaned children are forced into child labour. They need to work to earn money to live.

But they are working in terrible conditions, in houses, factories and some children even have to beg.

This makes them very vulnerable and they often get abused, physically and sexually.

Expensive drugs

Malawi is a poor country, without money to buy drugs which are used to help fight Aids - they're too expensive.

Our government is trying to find a solution, but I don't know when that's going to happen. We need to take action now."

Wisdom, 17, Malawi

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