GPP Intern Uschi Klein reviews the book ‘Warrior Princess’.
Warrior Princess… a story of hope, courage and determination
A complete page-turner from beginning to end, I was deeply moved reading Warrior Princess by Princess Kasune Zulu and co-authored by Belinda Collins. It’s a highly inspirational and compelling book that puts you, the reader, in a position of asking yourself what you can do to end extreme poverty.
Princess Kasune Zulu tells her powerful and moving story by starting with the devastating news that she is HIV-positive, which is critical in a country where every six seconds a child dies of hunger. Every 14 seconds another child loses a parent to AIDS, and every 30 seconds another child dies from malaria.
Princess is only 21-years old and a mother of two at the time she learns of the tragic news, but she demonstrates throughout the book that succumbing to self-pity and dissolution is not an option. Instead, she takes us on her extraordinary journey of helping those at-risk and affected by the virus for years to come.
Written in chronological order highlighting her personal landmarks, this journey takes Princess from the dusty villages of Zambia that she calls home, to the global corridors of power, meeting world leaders from the White House to the United Nations.
It’s absolutely inspiring to see how a young, compelling woman with a strong faith turns the odds of a personal tragedy into positive living filled with hope and resilience, determined to follow her calling of fighting extreme poverty, HIV and AIDS in Africa.
She depicts the current crucial issues we face in the Global South - what it’s like to live on less than US$1.25 a day, and the impact of HIV/ AIDS on one’s life, the family, the extended family and the whole community. But more than that, she shares her vision of Africa becoming a prosperous continent, free from international debt and no longer requiring international aid.
Princess speaks of a place that if we all work together and influence others to do the same, will become a place where we see children growing up safe, healthy and educated and where homes are safe and secure with clean running water and abundant crops.
It’s a vision that Princess asks us to make reality.
To mark World AIDS Day 2010 on 1 December, we are offering GPP United Kingdom supporters the chance to win a copy of Warrior Princess. To enter simply take five minutes to fill out our survey to tell us what you're thinking and doing about poverty before Sunday 5th December.