LUSAKA, ZAMBIA — A bony barefoot boy of about 11  draped in a mud-encrusted jacket trudged along the median strip that divides traffic outside of the big shopping center yesterday.

The maroon canvas hooded jacket, several sizes too large for him, looked like it once came from an L.L. Bean catalogue, and now is his bed and blanket . His eyes had the deadened exhausted look of someone on a forced march.

In the years that the world waited for the AIDS epidemic to resolve itself, an estimated 750,000 orphans in this country of 12 million raised each other on the streets. Yesterday, as his jacket flapped back to show the torn and stained Disney World T-shirt beneath it, this boy told the saddest part of their story.


One Response

  1. That was beautiful, in such a sad way.

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