5. I am the head of my family now
Living with HIV and AIDS
Relationships with family and community
Dear Auntie Stella
I am a 15 year-old boy and the oldest in my family. My father left us a long time ago and my mother died of AIDS some months back. There are four younger brothers and sisters after me and now I am the one who must look after them.
My mother didn’t leave a will so, when she died, my uncles took all our property. We are only left with our hut, a few clothes and some pots.
Sometimes one pastor from a church brings food for us and sometimes I help some women with their farm work, but it is not enough. Often I cannot sleep because I am worried so much about how we can live. There are some other kids like me but we never talk to each other.
Please help me, Auntie, as this problem is haunting me day and night.