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with Janet Mpalume "China" the star of the HIV+ women's
soccer team, the ARV Swallows
September 01, 2009
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yourself in five words?
I am a nice person, who everybody likes. I do my own thing
and I don't like being sad.
the best piece of advice you've ever received?
The way I see it right now the best advice we were given
was to form the soccer club (ARV Swallows). Before I played soccer,
I slept hungry and couldn't get any food. That advice really
changed my life.
the most ridiculous thing you've ever done?
When I think about how I almost died because I was very
is your most treasured possession?
I haven't found it yet. Maybe when I find a place
do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
When I was very sick. I'm glad God intervened and
have any strange hobbies?
I don't have any. Football is the only hobby that
do you dislike most about your appearance?
I don't like that I'm not doing anything with
myself. I pray that I will find a job soon so I can take care of
myself and my son.
is your greatest extravagance?
When I decided that I had had enough of men.
have you got in your cupboard?
I have maize meal, cooking oil, beans and porridge from
is your greatest fear?
I'm afraid of being very ill. I look healthy now,
but I'm very afraid of being sick.
have you got in your pockets right now?
is your favourite journey?
19 August 2009 when we went to Avondale to watch the documentary
MSF made about us.
and where were you happiest?
When we went to Avondale to watch the film.
were you like at school?
I was very good at school, and I really enjoyed the extra
curricular activities like netball.
are you doing next?
I'd like to get a little bit of money so I can begin
cross border trading.
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