the RED badges of courage 016

Etta is 11 years old, an orphan since she was 5 when both her parents succumbed to the AIDS virus. She is HIV positive but unaware of what AIDS is and complains that other children tease her because she wears the red badge. She is cared for by her frail grandmother who has no financial support and is deeply concerned that the landlord will ask them to vacate their tiny small cell of a room because she cannot pay the rent of $5.00 a month, a fortune of money for someone who has no earning capacity. Poverty is endemic in their community and is a significant factor in the AIDS pandemic. Mandazi Town, Tanzania June 2010

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