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Family Vilakati by Xanthe Hamilton

Family Vilakati by Xanthe Hamilton

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A fly-on-the-wall documentary depicting a day in the life of a family of four orphans living alone in the Northern Swaziland Mountains.

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A fly-on-the-wall documentary depicting a day in the life of a family of four orphans living alone in the Northern Swaziland Mountains. The youngest, 4-year-old Macabo, was not yet old enough to attend school, and spent the days roaming the fields while his elder siblings attend the local primary school as the Government now pays their fees. Head of the family, 15-year-old Peter, who is now in grade two of primary school, herds cattle in the mornings to provide clothes and maize for his family. This is a humbling story about a struggling, yet content and strong family unit. With 50 percent of the adult population in Swaziland already infected with HIV/AIDS, this is the reality for a rapidly growing population of unparented children.

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1 comments posted.

  • Dec 1, 2009

    janinemaxwell

    This film is REALLY good and REALLY true.  I was in Swaziland two weeks ago and went to a home where there were supposed to be 28 children living alone, but there were 40+ when we got there.  In the homestead next door the grandmother (gogo) had just died leaving 8 more children as orphans (their parents had died 5 years earlier of AIDS). Please take this seriously and act today.  One option - come on an 11 day trip to serve these orphans [Unsuitable/Broken URL removed by Moderator]

    Thank you! I will pass this video along for all to see.

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