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Karabo - Lesotho

After her dad died and her mum left to find work, Karabo became a surrogate parent for her two younger sisters.

"Sometimes I would ask myself, why would God choose to leave me lonely and to be a parent for my sisters.” It was hard and life was tough before Red Cross came to help, sorting out a roof for their home, food and support with school fees.

That schooling has inspired Karabo, who is now 18. “After doing my Form-E, I want to be a nurse because I want to help the lives of other people." AIDS-related deaths in Lesotho have had devastating impact on the children who are left behind.

Red Cross has helped hundreds of children access necessities, such as food, housing, education and health services. Photo: IFRC/Corrie Butler

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