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2004

Project during the German Cultural Weeks in South Africa on HIV / AIDS in November 2004, photographed in townships around Pretoria and Johannesburg. Supported by the Goethe Institute and DAAD.

The St. Francis Care Centre in Boksburg has about 35 AIDS patients, of whom about 1/3 are terminally ill and confined to their beds. The Center has its own refrigerator room for eight bodies, which is regularly over-crowded.

At Rainbow Cottage, part of the St. Francis Care Center, 30 AIDS orphans are cared for, most of whom are infected themselves.

Gugu Dlamini was raped at 17 and thereby not only infected with syphilis and HIV, but also impregnated. Her mother forced her to have the child for religious reasons, Gugus daughter Lungile was HIV positive up to the age of seven. Since then the tests are negative.

Christina was infected with HIV by her husband, who has died due to the illness. While many AIDS patients in South Africa are being rejected by their families, Christina is fortunate in that her mother supports her.

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2004