the RED badges of courage 018

Fatuma is in morning. Her mother died recently and her father a few years ago – both parents succumbing to the AIDS virus. She too has tested positive but has not been told, a common occurrence amongst children where AIDS is spoken in whispers. Fatuma’s general health is poor, exacerbated by her suffering from cycle cell anaemia. She is depressed feeling ill all the time and missing school which she desperately wants to attend. She lives with her older sister but feels she is a burden because her husband does not want to support her. Fatuma is 13 years old.
11th June 2010
Kisiumi, Tanzania


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