Vusumzi

Location: South Africa (Eastern Cape)

Vusumzi was born in Thornhill Township, one of the places black people were sent during South Africa’s period of Apartheid. His mother struggles to support her family as a cleaner.

By the time Vusumzi is 10, South Africa has been hit by an HIV/AIDS epidemic with 1 in 9 people infected.

At the age of 15, Vusumzi is stabbed and killed by a drunk man. Vusumzi had wanted to be a doctor and treat HIV – a dream his younger brother has now taken as his own. “I want to do medicine after I graduate, because my brother died with the same ambition. I also want to find a cure for HIV.”