Orphans of AIDS

Ten million live in sub-Saharan Africa. TIME asks some what they need

Esther Daiton begins her day early--vomiting bile into the toilet outside her Harare shack at 4:30, just before the sun rises. Esther's father Daiton Malinga died of AIDS in April 1997. Her mother Nelia Nefitara died of AIDS in January 1998. Esther's eldest sister, Napiri, died in 1993. The next eldest sister, Martha, died in 1995. Esther is the third sister. She discovered she was HIV-positive only after the birth of her daughter Emmaculate, who was chronically sick and died in 1998, age two. The fifth sister, Elina, died of AIDS last year; the sixth, Maria, in May. Esther, 26, takes...

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