Today is another World AIDS Day. A day to remember those who fought the disease and those who are still fighting it. A day to bring about AIDS awareness in the hope that this virus can be stopped in its tracks.
Today I want to remember the children, particularly in the rural areas, who have lost their parents to HIV/AIDS. Many, becoming the primary caregiver to the ill parent and nursing them in their final days. Many, orphaned by HIV/AIDS who are then left to become the head of the house and the parent figure to their younger siblings. Children, who due to HIV/AIDS, have had a fast forward button pushed on their little lives forcing them to grow up before their time and taking on the responsibilities of an adult.
Tabelo Timse has written an article called “SA’s Aids time bomb” on News 24.com. This report states, that due to South Africa’s delayed response to HIV/AIDS, it is estimated that by 2015, 32% of South Africa’s children will have lost one or both parents to the disease.
These are children who were failed by their government while their parents were alive and I question what type of support their government will give them when they are left to fend for themselves.
It’s easy to play the blame game, but today, I want to remember these children who have been left behind.