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Aids Orphans in Africa OLD


Monitor writer Scott Baldauf and photographer Melanie Stetson Freeman explain why they decided to profile these two families who have taken in AIDS orphans.

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A spiritual perspective

Helping children in crisis

How can we help African children orphaned by AIDS?

The Monitor continues an occasional series profiling two South African couples who opened their hearts and stretched their resources to give AIDS orphans a family. The Monamodis, who had two children already, found space in their four-room home for six cousins who lost their mothers to AIDS. The Selomas, an older couple whose only son was killed several years ago, took an almost unheard-of step in South Africa and volunteered to be foster parents to an orphaned boy. Now, they hope his sister will eventually be allowed to join him.

Celina Thimbela and Pule Seloma

Part II

Mary's not coming back


AIDS orphan copes without his sister

Gift started kindergarten this year, but misses his sister who was taken away in a custody dispute.

Olga and Pontsho Monamodi

Let's talk about sex


The challenge of raising teens in AIDS-ravaged South Africa

Thabang Thimbela's foster parents struggle to guide him and his foster sister Bulelwa through the temptations of adolescence.

Part I

Gift and Mary get a new home


Couple finds new beginning in 'Gift'

Ever since their 21-year-old son was killed six years ago, Celina Seloma told her husband, Pule, that she wanted a child in their lives.

A young family suddenly grows


In AIDS' wake, new family

Olga and Pontsho Monamodi added six children to their family after Olga's sister and aunt both died.


Social workers in short supply in South Africa

At the Roodepoort Child Welfare Society, their caseload has risen from between 60 and 80 a year to well over 1,000.

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