2016 / Editorial / General News

Families Coping With AIDs

  • Company
    Independent Photographer
  • Photographer
    Kathleen Gerber

In a country in which 27% of the adult population has died of AIDs the results leaves more than a half a million children orphaned. This series of photos shows both family and non-family members joining together to coexist while dealing with this heinous illness. This extended family system assists mothers with AIDs in the caring and rearing of their children along with grandmothers and aunts taking on the responsibility after loved ones have been lost. I recently visited this village with a representative from Reencontroo in Maputo. During our visit we saw the full range: happy children, mothers doing well with their meds contrasting with another who had been taken to the hospital, suffering uncles, etc. The extended families provide a safety net for the children should the unthinkable happen. Maputo, Mozambique

I have always appreciated photography have spent decades exploring and refining my eye for seeing, respecting, and capturing the beauty around me. In fact my journey with photography has exposed me to some amazing moments that frankly are not sufficiently captured with the lens but are powerful memories that stay with me. I have found myself drawn to photo essays since still photography is a powerful way to translate conditions and experiences between different cultures. I am motivated and dedicated to using my skills as a photographer to tell powerful and meaningful stories that evokes action