Given a chance to play

2008-01-15 00:00

There are no Barbie dolls here. No plastic fire engines. No Lego sets. In this Johannesburg township that is racked by Aids deaths and crushing poverty, buying your child a toy is not a priority — not even at Christmas.

Lesand’s mother died of Aids. Her father was shot by the police. But one day, her grandmother, who works as a maid, took Lesand to the centre for bread. And that’s when she discovered a place that would change her life: the toy library. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

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