I used this image on our main AIDS story running up to World Aids Day, as I was touched by the expression the photographer captured on this child's face. Her eyes look so tired, and the placement of her hand on the woman's back looks so soft and sweet...as if the little girl is comforting her caregiver. I can only wonder and worry about what happens to the millions of children who are touched by a disease that is ravaging their families and their continent.
Ellen Rosenberg from the United States (R) carries orphaned baby girl Nwabasi from South Africa (L) in the Emasithandane Childrens Project orphanage in Nyanga, Cape Town South Africa 30 November 2006. Supported by the American non-governmental organisation Chosa.org the Emastihandane orphanage cares for children who have lost their parents to HIV/Aids. Worldwide, it is estimated that more than 15 million children under 18 have been orphaned as a result of AIDS. More than 12 million of these children live in Sub-Saharan Africa.