Young Girls, Older Men & HIV/AIDS In Africa

“Sugar Daddy” and young girlfriend
Lilongwe, Malawi

 

Photographer Mick Yates is the Edge of Humanity Magazine contributor of this documentary photography.   These images are from his project ‘Sugar Daddy‘.  To see Mick’s extensive gallery of projects and photographs click on any image.

 

 Mother & Child Lilongwe, Malawi

Mother & Child
Lilongwe, Malawi

 

Grandmother, Nadzanale Village, Malawi

Grandmother
Nadzanale Village, Malawi

 

Who, Us? Nadzanale Village, Malawi

Who, Us?
Nadzanale Village, Malawi

 

The “Sugar Daddy” Culture corrupts parts of Africa and can spread HIV/Aids.

 

The very first image, taken in 2002 in Malawi, is of a very young girl and an older man. Ostensibly, it is a smiling relationship. But it is one of dominance. The man grasps the girl’s hand and keeps her in place. Her look is uncertain, her body slightly twisted away. Read more at http://micksphotoblog.com/sugar-daddy

 

The “Sugar Daddy” image was used by the Guttmacher Institute, in 2005, to head an article on the subject. The article is still online at  http://www.guttmacher.org/pubs/journals/3100605.html
Whilst this is an old story, the basic truths of it still persist. There is a recent culture of “blesser” and “blessee” in some countries, where effectively the young woman is “blessed” by a (usually) older man – money for favours.

 

 

Lost, Mangochi District Hospital, Malawi - HIV/Aids ward

Lost, Mangochi District Hospital, Malawi – HIV/Aids ward

 

Caring, Mangochi District Hospital, Malawi - HIV/Aids ward

Caring, Mangochi District Hospital, Malawi – HIV/Aids ward

 

HIV/Aids Education, Maputo, Mozambique

HIV/Aids Education
Maputo, Mozambique

 

Sister of Charity, Orphanage Maputo, Mozambique

Sister of Charity, Orphanage
Maputo, Mozambique

 

Granddaughter Nadzanale Village, Malawi

Granddaughter
Nadzanale Village, Malawi

 

Really? Nadzanale Village, Malawi

Really?
Nadzanale Village, Malawi

 

Give me Five Chiumbangame Village, Malawi

Give me Five
Chiumbangame Village, Malawi

 

The Likely Lads Nadzanale Village, Malawi

The Likely Lads
Nadzanale Village, Malawi

 

See also:

People of Malawi

By Mick Yates

 


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