A Crushing Choice for Ethiopian Mothers With HIV: Facing Death, Women Leave Children at Orphanages

by Emily Wax

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — The young mother sat in the orphanage waiting room, a baby playing in her lap. At 22, Adelaw Astake had become so gaunt from illness that her dirty skirt was wrapped twice around her narrow frame and held up at the waist with rags.

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