Dayo is eight years old and lives in South Africa. Her favorite subjects are writing and math, and she enjoys helping her friends with their homework. When she grows up, she wants to be a teacher.
Dayo has AIDS. And she doesn’t know it.
Dayo is only one of the 5.6 million people in South Africa infected with the HIV virus. South Africa has the highest AIDS prevalence of any country in the world. In 2005, there were an estimated 3 million children living as orphans due to the AIDS virus. And that number keeps growing.
South Africa has the highest infection rate of HIV/AIDS of any country in the world, with nearly 1,000 citizens dying every day. The country is home to over 2 million orphans. Further, 61% of the nation’s 18 million children live in poverty, many enduring entire days without food.
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