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In photos: Only the children and grandparents survive, in this village for families affected by AIDS

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Children sing the lullaby “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” during class at the Hot Courses Primary School, in the Kenyan village of Nyumbani, which caters to children who lost their parents to HIV, and grandparents who lost their children to HIV, with the bookend generations taking care of one another. Saturday, Dec. 1, is World AIDS Day, and UNAIDS says that as of 2011, an estimated 23.5-million people living with HIV resided in sub-Saharan Africa, representing 69 per cent of the global HIV burden, with eastern and southern Africa the hardest-hit regions.

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Young schoolboys play in the shade of trees during break in the yard of the Hot Courses Primary School.

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Young schoolboys walk home at the end of the school day in the yard of the Hot Courses Primary School.

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A young schoolboy does a handstand during break in the yard of the Hot Courses Primary School.

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A young schoolboy does handstands as he plays with others during break in the yard of the Hot Courses Primary School.

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Grandmother Janet Kitheka, 63, center, collects her adopted “grand-daughter” Lucy, 13, right, at the end of the school day in the yard of the Hot Courses Primary School.

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A worker pats the wet earth after planting and watering a seedling of the Melia Volkensii tree in the hope that after a number of years the village can harvest the hardwood for timber and become self-sustaining, in the Kenyan village of Nyumbani.

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A worker waters a seedling of the Melia Volkensii tree after planting it in the hope that after a number of years the village can harvest the hardwood for timber and become self-sustaining, in the Kenyan village of Nyumbani.

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Children attend morning assembly in the yard of the Hot Courses Primary School.

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Children attend an outdoor Christian prayer session in front of a mural on the side of the meeting hall in the Kenyan village of Nyumbani.

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