From Library Journal
"Deadlier than war, deadlier than tyranny, deadlier than even malaria, AIDS is silently tearing Africa apart," writes Guest in the preface to this riveting account of a continental plight the world has not sufficiently considered. Guest, a freelance writer on AIDS-related matters, refrains from discussing how adults battle with and die from the disease and instead concentrates on the neglected and perhaps most helpless and vulnerable victims of the AIDS epidemic: the millions of street orphans from all over Africa, especially in such sub-Saharan countries as South Africa, Zambia, and Uganda. Often subjective and rarely conforming to the rigors of social science research, Guest's work fuses the case-study method with a flair for storytelling, attacking the real problems by drawing inspiration from the stories of real people. She also investigates the social, political, and economic forces at work in the ongoing struggle to keep the disease from spreading. This much-needed perspective is recommended for public and academic libraries. Edward K. Owusu-Ansah, Coll. of Staten Island Lib., CUNY
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'This brave and moving book forces us to open our eyes to the full extent of the devastation that AIDS is causing in Africa. Through the words of AIDS orphans and those struggling to cope with the flood of unwanted children, Children of AIDS serves as a wake-up call for the international community.' --Susan Sarandon
'An important and timely book on a devastating crisis.' ---Fergal Keane
'Guest compresses her research on this enormously explosive crisis into a short and tightly structured book ... Her book will help to give a fuller understanding of the orphan crisis.' --The Sunday Independent, South Africa
'The author, a perceptive analyst of the ongoing AIDS tragedy, presents case studies of organized responses in three countries hit hard by the epidemic: Uganda, Zambia and South Africa. By exploring the social reality behind the numbing statistics, she makes possible more informed speculation about the economic, social and psychological impact of the disease in coming decades.' --Foreign Affairs