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The Legacy of Nkosi Johnson - 2002-11-08

It’s been nearly a year and a half since the death of Nkosi Johnson, the twelve-year-old South African boy who became an inspiration in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

Nkosi was born infected with the AIDS virus – lost his mother to AIDS when he was very young – and was raised by a white woman at a time when apartheid was still in force. As a tribute to her son, Nkosi’s adoptive mother, Gail Johnson, founded “Nkosi’s Haven,” a home for HIV-positive mothers in the Johannesburg area.

Ms. Johnson spoke to English to Africa reporter Joe De Capua about the homes and farm that now fly the Nkosi’s Haven banner. She says the dozens of women that live there are taught life and work skills and live on a holistic diet to maintain their health. She says she “begs, borrows and steals” to get enough money to support the project.

She says she doesn't see any slowdown in the AIDS pandemic in South Africa.

Click the Above links to hear interview with Gail Johnson.