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ZAMBIAN ACTIVIST SHEDS LIGHT ON AIDS CRISIS

Since testing positive for HIV in 1997, Princess Kasune Zulu, a native of the African country Zambia, has made it her business to talk about the devastating effects the AIDS epidemic has wrought in her homeland. Zulu now campaigns for World Vision, a Christian humanitarian organization that serves children and families in the world's poorest countries. She brought her message of hope to Trinity on April 23 during a chapel service.

Zulu described how AIDS ravaged her childhood, shortened her adolescence, and forced her into early adulthood. She also encouraged her audience to consider sponsoring children and families in Africa who are suffering physically and socially from the deadly disease.

"There are so many children with HIV who are orphans and have no one to care for them," said the 28-year-old mother of two. "They are struggling because they don't have parents, and I know what it is like to be an orphan. For many of the girls, marriage and prostitution become means of survival, and the disease spreads through those ways."

When she was 14, both of Zulu's parents died of AIDS. She also had a younger sister succumb to the disease and was left alone to take care of her younger siblings. Three years later, she married her husband, who is 25 years older. She and her husband are both HIV-positive, but none of the couple's children has tested positive for the virus. The family's circumstances have fueled her commitment to raise awareness about the need for AIDS relief throughout Africa.

"When I found out I was positive, I decided to speak out," Zulu said. "It was an issue that needed to be raised, but people chose to remain silent about it. I know that God is able to work miracles, and people need to know about what's happening to children in Africa. Many people in Western countries have the resources to help. I hope that they will listen to their hearts."



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