“We did not know that a child can mourn and grieve. We thought they were too small to understand what had happened.”
“We did not know that children go grieving for a long period. . . . I never used to understand the behavior of orphans.”
“We never knew that anything could be done to help the orphans apart from giving them food and clothes and school fees.”
The AIDS epidemic in Zambia is expected to leave 1 million orphans in its wake—almost 10 percent of the country’s population. If one adds to this figure the number of children who have lost one parent to AIDS, the total number of grieving children in the country is staggering.