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the eyes of a child

This little girl lives in Freedom Park, a squatter camp near Rustenberg, RSA.

 

There are thousands of people living in these camps, from all of the tribes in South Africa and also from many of the surrounding countries. They are mostly men looking for work in the platinum mines, and many women who sell themselves for money. The camp is full of children who run around together without adults anywhere nearby.

 

These kids may or may not have parents who are alive, and it's likely that many of them have AIDS, or they will have it before they get too much older. This is especially true of the girls, who are often abused by the men in the camp while they are still quite young.

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Taken on May 3, 2005