The orphans who
can't be cared for by extended families are faced with a
future in institutions or for many life on the streets.
To get some idea of how overwhelming the orphans situation
is in the Democratic Republic of Congo, imagine where you
live having one out of every four of its inhabitants as an
orphaned child. Where would you even begin to address their
needs, simply where would the adult carers come from when
they are so poor they can't even meet their own children's
needs, let alone the children of others.
As such many child orphans end up running households
themselves having to abandon any hope of receiving education
or skills training to take them out of a cycle of poverty in
order to provide for younger siblings and this in a country
where life expectancy, literacy, access to knowledge and
living standards are ranked in bottom place of all countries
in the world.
children in the Democratic Republic of Congo who are
orphaned by AIDS face further problems as they are often
accused of witchcraft or sorcery. In fact nearly all of the
children there accused of witchcraft are either orphans,
disabled or albinos with boys being at greatest risk (75%).
Many of these orphans
end up on the streets of towns and cities such as the
capital Kinshasa where they are known
as 'Shegue' and have to rob, steal, harass to stay alive
and numb the pain by taking drugs, entering into violent
gangs and sniffing glue. You can
help by exploring child sponsor programs for the
many orphans in the Democratic Republic of Congo for as
little as 50p a day; the price of a newspaper. Make a
This video explores the lives of some of these