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SOWETO, SOUTH AFRICA OCTOBER 25: Wilhelmina Mmesi, age 35, serves tea to her daughter Maria, age 11, early in the morning on October 25, 2006 in Soweto, Johannesburg, South Africa. She has lived with HIV/Aids since 1995 and she lives in a three-room house with her two daughters. The girls are also living with HIV. The whole family takes antiretroviral drugs, in the morning, and in the evening. She found out about her infection after her children were born, and they were both diagnosed with HIV when they were born. South Africa has one of the highest infection rates in the world. Soweto is South Africa?s largest township and it was founded about one hundred years to make housing available for black people south west of downtown Johannesburg. The estimated population is between 2-3 million. Many key events during the Apartheid struggle unfolded here, and the most known is the student uprisings in June 1976, where thousands of students took to the streets to protest after being forced to study the Afrikaans language at school. Soweto today is a mix of old housing and newly constructed townhouses. A new hungry black middle-class is growing steadily. Many residents work in Johannesburg, but the last years many shopping malls have been built, and people are starting to spend their money in Soweto.  .(Photo by Per-Anders Pettersson/Getty Images).
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