HIV/AIDS Terror Awakens the Voiceless Orphan: Exploring Self-esteem of Orphans Whose Parents Died of HIV/AIDS

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Trafford Pub., 2006 - Child welfare - 545 pages
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The book's title HIV/AIDS Terror Awakens the Voiceless Orphan speaks volumes. Allow me to take an optimistic premise of dissecting the title piece by piece. Why HIV/AIDS? It is a global atrocity that has allowed itself to manifest as a massive epidemic in the Sub-Saharan Africa, and ruthlessly in the sanctions-ridden Zimbabwe! "Who is the voiceless? It is the traumatized "orphaned Negro child" at the mercy of sanctions from the industrialized world. HIV/AIDS is a death sentence for Africa while in the industrialized world it is not! Medicines are available, unlike in Africa where the price to obtain them is extremely expensive and prohibitive.

The case of Zimbabwe's man-made abject poverty through sanctions needs immediate attention. Orphans need food as they grieve their dead parent(s). How can they eat when economic sanctions cripple Zimbabwe's infrastructure in every which way but loose? The recipe of HIV/AIDS plus sanctions is demonic. It deprives children's brain development across the life-span? Everything that young children hear, see, feel, and smell contributes to healthy brain growth and development. Today, all they feel is pain, isolation, helplessness, despair, hopelessness, and that nobody cares! All what they smell is the endless "staple sadza smell" from neighbors' homes cooking in volumes for funeral attendees day in and day out! There is every reason for Africa to mourn. HIV/AIDS "terror" is on Mother Africa's doorstep! Think of it, 70% of Africa is facing the wrath of AIDS.

As for Zimbabwe and its burdensome economic sanctions, what a heart-wrecking cocktail that destroys humanity! The HIV/AIDS menace devours Africa's offspring minute by minute. Yes, 1 person in every 5 people in Africa will die of HIV/AIDS.

This book discusses global HIV/AIDS stigma, Africa's predicament, Zimbabwe's orphans' plight, and the pain of the underclass in both Africa and USA.

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