the RED badges of courage 013

Lessons in the class are conducted in Swahili, the national language of Tanzania. Many children before they attend school converse with their families in their local bantu language. Swahili helps unify the nation. These girls had some knowledge of the HIV virus which is limited because their families refuse to talk to them about it . Although both are HIV+ they have no idea why they wear the red badge. One of the girls said simply:

“AIDS is death, nothing more … everyone knows that AIDS kills”

26th May 2008
Majimatitu Primary School
Charambe/Temeke District, Tanzania

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