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Aids
Aids is one of the biggest problems facing children in Africa today.

It's the biggest single killer on the continent.

The facts are terrifying:

  • Around 23 million Africans have Aids
  • In Ethiopia alone, 250,000 children under five have Aids.
  • The United Nations thinks Aids will eventually kill about a third of all young people living in Africa today.
  • In Botswana and South Africa, up to a half of today's 15-year-olds will die of Aids.


But it's not just about children who actually have Aids.

Around 12 million children in Africa are 'Aids orphans' - so called because their parents have died from Aids-related illnesses.

In Swaziland, one in 10 families are headed by children because their parents have died of Aids-related diseases.

Malawi

Delifa is 11-years-old and an Aids orphan.

She's the oldest child in her family and she has to look after her four brothers and sisters.

They live alone in a run-down house in Lilongwe, Malawi.

They don't go to school, they live on one meal a day at the most and struggle to find clothes to wear.

See what life is like for African kids affected by Aids in Newsround on Wednesday 29 January BBC One at 5.25pm.


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