Step Into Africa: Living With AIDS

THU, AUG 14, 2008 (1:01:19)

Princess Kasune Zulu shares first-hand knowledge of what it means to be orphaned by AIDS and to contract it herself. To help educate her native Zambians, she has hitchhiked with truck drivers who frequent prostitutes on the transcontinental highways and then return home to their wives, and are thus at high risk of getting and spreading the virus. She tested positive for HIV in 1997. Princess is her first name, not a royal title. Zulu is the mother of Joy (11) and Faith (10), who are both HIV-negative. She has taken her message to the UN and international AIDS conferences. Her story has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, USA Today and on ABC’s Good Morning America. This event was co-sponsored by World Vision.

+ BIO: Princess Kasune Zulu

Though Princess Kasune Zulu is not technically a member of Zambian royalty, she has emerged as one of Africa’s most prominent activists in combating the scourge of acquired immune deficiency syndrome, or AIDS. Both of Zulu’s parents and two of her siblings were felled by the deadly pandemic, which has swept swiftly through sub-Saharan Africa since it was first discovered in the early 1980s, and she herself has tested positive for the human immunodeficiency virus, or HIV, the predictor for AIDS.

World Affairs Council of Atlanta
African Culture Series