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Vulnerability of children in South-Africa

Children in Sub-Saharan Africa face many challenges. This area of the continent (below the Sahara Desert) represents only 10% of the world’s population, yet is home to 64% of all people living with HIV. It is also home to a third of the world’s poor, those living on less than one U.S. dollar per day. And experts predict that if current trends continue, this figure will rise to half by 2015.

The group that is being most severely affected by HIV/AIDS is the parental generation. As parents die from AIDS related illnesses, we are left with elderly grandparents and teenage siblings who must care for the children. Even in the best of circumstances, children are vulnerable because they are powerless to care for themselves and depend on adults to meet their needs. But children living in poverty and without parents are extremely vulnerable. In addition, other social issues like violent crime against women and children increase their vulnerability.

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