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Orphans of Mathare

This 2003 video documentary by Randy Bell and Pacho Velez offers an up-close look at Nairobi's crowded Mathare Valley, where countless children have been forced into the streets by the HIV/AIDS pandemic. The central figure is “Auntie” Mercy Thuo, a valiant woman whose Good Samaritan Children's Home provides homeless kids with food, shelter, clothing, and education. The home is assisted by child welfare agencies and buoyed by Auntie's indomitable Christian faith, but many cultural obstacles—including tribal superstitions and the clergy's prohibition against condoms—presage a grim future for even the most resilient children. In English and subtitled Kiswahili. 61 min.

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