ZAMBIAN ACTIVIST SHEDS
LIGHT ON AIDS CRISIS
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
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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