Africa

Abstinence Brings 'Dignity'

Traveling in Africa, First Lady Laura Bush speaks in favor of faith-based HIV prevention.

Thursday, June 28, started out as a pampered day in Mrs. Laura Bush's four-nation Africa marathon.

Lusaka, Zambia, was the third stop in her week-long trip through Senegal, Mozambique, and Mali. After a private breakfast in one of the top hotels, she was sped to the country's luxurious presidential residency for photos, coffee, and a brief closed-door meeting with President Levy Mwanawasa.

After that, accompanied by her Zambian counterpart, First Lady Maureen Mwanawasa, Mrs. Bush hit the road. "I hope you have comfortable shoes," she had warned at the beginning of her trip. "We will work hard." In Lusaka, she certainly did.

Her first stop was Regiment Basic School—a grade 1–9 Catholic-founded school populated by children with HIV and children who have lost parents due to the virus. Mrs. Bush observed a few minutes of a math lesson offered through a U.S.-funded, locally produced radio program.

Next she was entertained by the school drama group, which put on a 10-minute, anti-AIDS ...

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