AIDS in Africa: the untold story

Joanna Henry, bestselling author of Powered by Love: A Grandmothers’ Movement to End AIDS in Africa, will reveal the untold story of AIDS in Africa at a Brampton Library event on Jan. 15.

Co-hosted by the library and the Canadian Federation of University Women, the presentation will detail visits to eight African countries by Henry and photographer Alexis MacDonald to interview and photograph hundreds of grandmothers (including Barack Obama’s grandmother, Sarah) who are reclaiming hope and resurrecting lives.

By the time the AIDS pandemic in Africa reached its peak early in the new millennium, millions of children had been orphaned. In many communities ravaged by the disease, it is often the grandmothers who have to provide the care and support for the young.

The stories and images of resourceful women fighting for a better future make the book an inspiration for everyone.

The presentation begins at 7 p.m. on Jan. 15, at the Brampton Library Chinguacousy Branch, 150 Central Park Drive in the Civic Centre. The event is free and no registration is required.

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