GALUFU, MALAWI NOVEMBER 16: Silvea Samael, age 17, holds her one-month old baby girl Emily outside her house on November 16, 2005 in Galufu, Malawi. Silvea has the last years sold her body for sex to men in the village and other villages due to the extreme poverty she faced. She thought being pregnant would solve her problems but they have increased, as she doesn't know who the father is, and she had to quit school. She usually sells her body for soap, oil for the face or a very little money. The village has seen an increase in poverty the last few years due to drought and HIV/Aids. Alina harvested a bag (about 25kg) of maize during 2005 and the food only lasted for a few weeks. Southern Africa has been hit by a severe hunger crisis due to drought and poverty. 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)