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Due to AIDS, children are becoming AIDS Orphans. They lost one or both parents due to AIDS and facing many problems in their homes, villages, from the family members, neighbors, relatives and other community members. As we know the major issue is Stigma and Discrimination. Still it is there in the communities where NGO's are not working. Due to these reasons HIV affected families are leaving that village and migrate to other village where their relatives and family members are there.
In my observations most of the time children are loosing their fathers due to their habits like alcohol, gutakas etc... After death of the father mother become head of the house and goes to daily wage for the livelihoods, to feed the children. The mothers (young widows) are getting problems from mother in laws, sister in laws and other members in same family. Mothers (young widows) not have platform to share their sorrows and joys with family members because of stigma and discrimination and less respect. They are not getting the properties also. So mother migrates to their mother’s villages where she has hope to share sorrows with parents and continuing their livelihood with the support of mother and other relatives. Due to this reason children are also leaving their own village.
Some times after death of both parents the elder child become head of the house and go for the daily wage for the livelihood. Due to security and livelihood reasons they are also migrate from their own villages and living with maternal grand parents at other villages. Some times adoption is also one way to leave their own villages.
With my own interest I interacted with few children who leave their own villages. They told that they loosing their education, friends, relatives and emotional attachments of house which they live with their parents. They have interest to go back their own villages because they have feeling that is their own village, own house is there and friends and relatives are also there for them. When they live in the same village and house they feel emotional attachment with their parents who died with AIDS. This is also good for them for their psychological wellbeing and accesses their own properties where they have in their own villages. Organizations are also not focusing on this issue because of the security reasons and Budget. But when I interacted with children I felt it is the emotional issue of the children.