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Fifteen-year-old AIDS orphan serves as breadwinner to younger siblings in Nepal

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"I'd like to play but if I spend time playing it means we don't eat," she says.

Nirmala's father, a migrant labourer working in Mumbai, infected her mother with HIV on one of his visits home. He eventually died of an AIDS-related illness while he was in India.

Nirmala's story is all too common in remote Achham, one of the poorest regions in South Asia where health infrastructure was ravaged by a decade-long civil war that ended in 2006.