GALUFU, MALAWI NOVEMBER 12: Egly Raphael, age 19, (r) is sick and sits with her little sister Silvea, age 17, in the family house on November 12, 2005 in Galufu, Malawi. The family suspects that she's got HIV/Aids. Her older sister Hilda Rafael, age 32, died a month earlier to HIV/Aids. Silvea recently dropped out of school as she had a baby about a month ago. She doesn't know who the father is, and she usually sells her body for soap or some small money. Hilda, the older sister, left two children. The grandmother now has to take care of the orphans without any income. The village has seen an increase in poverty the last few years due to drought and HIV/Aids. Southern Africa has been hit by a severe hunger crisis due to drought and poverty and government policies. An ever-increasing HIV/Aids rate adds to the misery. Malawi is one of the worst hit areas and Galufu village is a typical small village that has become victim of this poverty spiral.
(Photo by Per-Anders Pettersson)