13 Around the World

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April 10, 2006 — -- Anne Frank began her diary on her 13th birthday. Joan of Arc, according to legend, was inspired to lead her army at the same age.

What greatness will today's teenagers be inspired to pursue? This week, "Good Morning America" seeks the answer to this question by taking a closer look at the face of 13 around the world.

Robin Roberts talks to a 13-year-old girl on a mission to stop the scourge of HIV and AIDS in Mozambique.

"I think education is the base of everything," said Amelia, who hosts a radio show that teaches children about HIV and AIDS, a disease that afflicts more than 100,000 children in Mozambique and millions across Africa.

In Iraq, ABC's Heather Nauert talks to a teenage girl who says life can be normal despite the violence around her in Baghdad, and in Colombia, a 13-year-old girl wishes the drug violence in her country would end.

"13 Around the World" will also examine the similarities shared by 13-year-olds around the globe -- similarities like being fans of the music of Shakira and Eminem, a fondness for Barbie, and a strong love for their mothers.

The series begins Tuesday on "Good Morning America" with a look at a 13-year-old girl in Cambodia who was sold into slavery when she was 7.

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