AIDS orphans 10,000 in Kenyan district

Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- In the last ten years more than 10,000 children have been orphaned in Kenya's western district of Rachuonyo after their parents died of AIDS, district sources said.
Press accounts quoted Local District Commissioner Catherine Gatama as saying most orphans come from Karachuonyo constituency where in every home has lost at least one person to the pandemic.
The administrator, who was addressing a workshop in Kosele market last Thursday, attributed the toll in Rachuonyo to wife inheritance, and urged the Luo community to abandon some of their customs so as to save a dying generation.
"If you continue inheriting wives and infecting them with AIDS, then in the next 10 years only orphans would be living in Rachuonyo," the administrator warned.
The Luo, a populous community living around Lake Victoria, practice "wife-inheritance" - a practice in which the wife of a dead man is taken over by his kin.

05 august 2001 11:26:00

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