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Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Jemima Khan - A UNICEF Ambassador?

I did not know Jemima Khan was a UNICEF ambassador. Here she writes about those infected HIV-Aids. t

Raped, Pregnant, Infected with HIV -- And Happy to Help By Jemima Khan,

What could be worse than being raped? To be raped and to find yourself pregnant by your rapist. Or to be raped, pregnant and discover you've got HIV. And for the unborn child to be at risk of contracting HIV.

Three months after being raped by her boss, unemployed and sick, 21-year-old Mathakane Metsing was in her local clinic in Mafeteng, Lesotho. There she underwent two tests.

"Two blue lines and you're pregnant," the nurse told her. "And two red lines here and you're HIV positive." Four lines -- two red, two blue. In 10 minutes. Mathakane cried for two days. Worse still, she discovered that she had passed the virus on to the man she loved and wanted to marry. And later, that her family was also infected; her two sisters and her mother, who died the following year.

Two years on, and I'm sitting with Mathakane for the launch of Unicef UK's Mother's Day campaign to prevent all mother-to-child transmission of HIV by 2010. She's minute and looks like a teenager. Wearing the traditional dress of Lesotho, and carrying a photo of her two-year-old daughter, she's one of the happiest people I have ever met. She speaks fluent English despite never having been taught and is now an AIDS prevention campaigner and counselor in Lesotho.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

She has been an Unicef ambassador for the UK since 2001.

March 05, 2008 3:38 PM  

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