Zambia has been cited as one of the countries having the highest number of orphans in the world partly because of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the country.
UNICEF's 1999 State of the World's Children Report said HIV/AIDS was having a devastating impact with 400,000 school aged orphans as of 1996. It says 73 percent of the orphaned children in urban areas have lost their fathers, 7 percent have lost their mothers while 20 percent are double orphans. In the rural samples, close to 55 percent have lost their fathers and over 15 percent of the orphans have lost their mothers, while nearly 30 percent have lost both parents.
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