Hidden Truth About AIDS Orphans

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this page brings to light some truths that many don't know about the AIDS orphans

the truth unknown about AIDS orphans

There is no doubt that the HIV/AIDS epidemic has, and will, precipitate enormous suffering for countless children, families and communities. Unknown numbers of children will go hungry, stave and suffer stunted physical and mental growth. Similarly, many children will endure enormous anguish as they potentially find themselves alone and unsupported, the butt of cruel commentary and behaviour, excluded, exploited, beaten, raped and forced into labour. Many children will have to make their own way in the world, sleeping rough, doing opportunistic work, begging and soliciting patronage and protection from street groups. None of this will leave anyone in Africa untouched.

However, individual suffering, even on a massive scale, does not necessarily imply that children will lack critical socializing experiences, or that they will become alienated, disturbed or pose a potential threat to social stability. As part of the intrinsic processes which drive child development, however, children actively seek out these experiences even in conditions of great difficulty. This is at the heart of what we know about the resilience of children growing up in extreme adversity. As a result, these formative influences may be absent only in children lacking any adult supervision or support, in children subjected to cruel and dehumanising treatment, or reared in institutions over a long period of time. A very small proportion of children affected by HIV/AIDS will find themselves subject to these depriving conditions. Knowledge gained from working with street children, displaced children and children in conflict and disaster situations demonstrates that even on the street, in conflict or under abusive and dehumanising conditions, children attempt to seek out bonding experiences with adults and engage their support.

Even low levels of support in childhood appear to enable quite dramatic compensatory responses in children. Determinants of psychological and social disorders in children tend to be non-specific: that is, no particular interpersonal or environmental determining condition is associated with a specific psychosocial manifestation. For example, although parental divorce is associated with psychosocial trauma in children, children whose parents get divorced do not all become depressed, wet their beds or suffer discernible signs of maladjustment. In fact, only a minority of children show ill effects when exposed to adverse conditions. Rather, children’s response to high levels of stress is determined to a large degree by personality and temperament, learned coping style, age of exposure, the availability of caring adults and social supports in their environment and, critically, opportunities for recovery afforded by achievements, new relationships, changing circumstances and the like.

About a third of children exposed to extremely disadvantaging conditions thrive, achieve high intellectual standards and are well adjusted. Less than a third of such children are affected in negative ways. The basis of so-called resilience is to be found largely in children’s ongoing relationships with caring others, and their continued membership of social networks and social institutions. This is one reason why strong cultural effects are found in children’s response to disasters; for example, children in cultural groups that have strong social connections through extended kin are less affected by events in the nuclear family than are children who have fewer and less intense kin networks beyond the household.


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author avatar Retired
4th Dec 2014 (#)

I hope they find a cure for this.

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author avatar Shamarie
4th Dec 2014 (#)

Good article! I pray we have a cure for AIDS soon!!!

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author avatar viewgreen
4th Dec 2014 (#)

Informative article... so sad to know the facts of. What happen with WHO and NGO's? Are they indifference to this case? Thank you for sharing this information.

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author avatar tafmona
5th Dec 2014 (#)

I wish the WHO and the NGOs concerned may make it a priority

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
6th Dec 2014 (#)

Awesome article and very informative post!

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