Nokwanda was a young Transkei mother who learned she had Aids when her newborn daughter died. She struggled for nearly two years so she could continue to raise her son Malwanda.

Nokwanda and her son Malwanda. Following a lengthy TB treatment in hospital Nokwanda went to her mother’s home where she stayed with Malwanda. Her mother and sisters supported her. In March 1998 Nokwanda returned to hospital where she died. Nokwanda’s funeral was held at her mother’s home. She was buried next to her beloved grandfather in a field outside the village.
Malwanda stayed with Nokwanda’s mother where he adjusted to an environment with many other children. In trips to hospital where his mother was treated he appeared to search for her.


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