This cycle is having a devastating
impact on the central tenet of life in Swaziland, the family, as most families
are simply disintegrating as older members die.
With no adults to care for them, not even extended family or neighbours, these
orphaned children quickly fall into deeper poverty and hunger making attending
school impractical leaving themselves vulnerable to the already widespread child
trafficking in Swaziland with children being trafficked both internally and to
girls this mainly includes domestic servitude and sexual exploitation whilst for
boys the trafficking is normally for forced labour and begging or selling in
Coupled with a lack of health care professionals and with 40% of all children in
Swaziland suffering from chronic malnutrition, life outcomes for children are
poor with a life expectancy of just 49years.
Most children in Swaziland (79%) live in poor, rural communities who fathers, if
alive, work on the land in subsistence farming.