Press Release for Tuesday, December 2, 2003

Former Zambian President to Detail Challenges

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Dr. Kenneth David Kaunda, former president of the Republic of Zambia, will speak Thursday, Dec. 11, at 2 p.m. at the University Center on "A Dialogue: Future Challenges of Africa." His speech is free and open to the public.

Kaunda led Zambia to independence and served as its first president, from 1964 to 1991. He is the first Balfour African President in Residence at Boston University's African Presidential Archives and Research Center and is speaking out on Zambia's two major challenges, HIV/AIDS and poverty.

A 2001 estimate had 1.2 million people in Zambia living with HIV or AIDS. The country’s population estimate of 10.3 million had to take into account the high number of deaths due to AIDS. The life expectancy in the country is only about 35 years, and a majority of the population lives in poverty.

Kaunda is the author of several books, including “Black Government,” “Zambia Shall be Free” and “A Humanist in Africa,” with Colin Morris.

The presentation is sponsored by the President's Office, the Intercultural Center for PEACE, the International Center, and the Office of the Vice President for Student and International Affairs.

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