"48.3 million orphans south of the Sahara desert, one-quarter of whom have lost their parents to AIDS"

Source: Inter Press Service News Agency

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AFRICA: A Continent of Orphans by Mario de Queiroz

Source: Inter Press Service News Agency

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LISBON, Dec 13 (IPS) - War, AIDS, malaria, cholera and famine have gradually turned Africa into a continent full of orphaned children and teenagers.

According to the latest statistics released by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), there are 48.3 million orphans south of the Sahara desert, one-quarter of whom have lost their parents to AIDS.
Between 1990 and 2000, the number of orphans in
Africa rose from 30.9 million to 41.5 million, and those orphaned by AIDS increased from 330,000 to seven million...