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The statistics paint the big picture, a mammoth, bleak mural of the Ethiopian AIDS epidemic that, among its ravages, has left over a million orphans who too often have no choice but to somehow fend for themselves. It's a tragic reality, but hidden in the scene are smaller portraits, the children themselves, all individual, all with unique stories and takes on life that, despite the common background, can't be summarized in a few brutal facts.
That's what Hampshire student Jessica Marie Chapman 07F wants to show to the rest of the world with "Children of Selamta," an exhibition of artwork created by a group of those orphans during her stay in the country this past summer.