n Institute of African Studies Research Review - Children of dead mothers and 'unknown' fathers'

Supplement 6
  • ISSN : 0855-4412



Children are not meant to live on their own, they must be dependent on adults particularly their biological parents. The focus of this paper is on the plight of certain children in the Manya Krobo district of Ghana, who have no mothers because of AIDS, and also have no fathers because their fathers are 'unknown'. The reality of AIDS is brutally clear. Millions of people are dying of the disease worldwide, while several millions are being affected by it yearly. Anarfi (1994) and several others have observed various social, cultural and economic implications of HIV/AIDS. Hunter & John (2000) in particular have explained that, apart from the greatest loss of losing human lives to the disease, the surviving families or households are also greatly affected by the disease. Perhaps one of the most tragic results of the AIDS epidemic is the ever-increasing number of orphans it is leaving behind. It is such orphans in one badly affected Ghanaian community who are the subjects of this paper.

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