Story Session 10: Princess Zulu

Princess Kasune Zulu’s idyllic childhood by the majestic shores of Victoria Falls was torn apart when her parents succumbed to the mystery illness marching across southern Africa.

Orphaned and left to care for six siblings, Princess faced difficult choices in the name of survival. But it was when she learned she was HIV positive herself at the age of 21 that the true warrior emerged. Her extraordinary journey fighting for 15 million children orphaned by AIDS has taken Princess from the dusty villages of Zambia to the global corridors of power, from the White House to the United Nations.

Princess’ story shows that while life is uncertain, we each have a role to play in bringing healing and hope to our world. A percentage of proceeds from the sale of this book will support children affected by AIDS.

  • In seminary we were learning about how God created all things, and they were created in His image.
  • Every 14 seconds a child will be orphaned due to HIV and AIDS.
  • Over 25 million people have already died because of AIDS.
  • A story will be written.
  • Will you see your self in this story? How do you want this story to be written when all is said and done?
  • 22.4 million people living with HIV and AIDS in Africa.
  • Many times when talking about AIDS we feel removed from that, and that it is not part of your story.
  • It is part of your story.
  • As far away as it may be, it is part of your story.
  • So what is my story?
  • I had a family, and I thought I was safe.
  • My parents who were providing for the family got sick. Our life went from having clean water, to moving to the village where I had to draw dirty water.
  • I had to walk several miles to draw water. It wasn’t portable, and it wasn’t safe for drinking.
  • My parents life was fading away.
  • My mom said that I was the one who was strong, and they were leaving me nothing to care for the family.
  • It didn’t take long for my parents die.
  • We traveled 5 hours in one direction and 5 hours in another direction, and I heard people crying, and my mother had died.
  • If I had access to that medicinal cream my mother might have lived a little longer.
  • We didn’t know where to find food.
  • Within four months my father died. Some days we didn’t have means of transport, and so I had to carry my father on my back 15 kilometers back and forth.
  • Some people think this is a promiscuous disease.
  • Even now, the reality still remains the same. The boys and girls are forced to make decisions that they wouldn’t have to make if they had someone to take care of them.
  • I wish my story was my own story, but it is not. It can be told by millions of girls and boys, especially in Africa.
  • I got married at a very young age, so that we could provide for my siblings.
  • I had this conviction. I wanted to know about my own HIV status.
  • The doctor told me I couldn’t test without permission of your husband. I was annoyed. Thankfully that changed for many parts of Africa.
  • I was HIV positive. I felt these words at this time, “Praise God.”
  • In that moment, I realized that out of this disease that is destroying lives in Africa, there is a bigger picture of God bringing us together, saying “how do we respond to a disease like this.”
  • I believe this story should be making news everyday. Even though we are making progress, there are still millions of children who live with this everyday.
  • What if someone had told me about this disease?
  • What if someone had provided for us so I didn’t have to get married at a young age?
  • I had the opportunity to speak with President Bush in 2003.
  • I have written a book called “Warrior Princess”.
  • The question is “When we as Christians hear the story of orphans, what is our part in this bigger story?”
  • Will you make a difference?
  • Will you hear the cries of the children, to have a meal or a pair of shoes?
  • We all have stories. Our stories will be written, even when we are long gone.
  • The issue of our time is HIV, and how it is so interrelated to poverty, and injustices of our world.
  • AIDS is an issue that is not glamorous. It takes God’s grace to share it over and over again.
  • In the midst of this God is saying, “I am God.”
  • How does my story intertwine with this bigger story of this issue of our time?
  • James 1:27 “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.”

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