EPWORTH, Zimbabwe

Diagnosed with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) or AIDS and reeling under extreme poverty, hundreds of children in Epworth — a slum settlement, 25-kilometer (15.5 miles) east of Harare, the Zimbabwean capital — remain abandoned by the society.

As the world commemorates AIDS Day on Sunday, Elizabeth Chinamhora, 15, and Takunda Mapuranga, 17, who are fighting AIDS, poverty and isolation, are awaiting a helping hand from communities, to attend to their ostracization. The theme of 2019 World AIDS Day is “Communities make the difference”.

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