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Lifestory Nkosi

The first Children’s Peace Prize in 2005 was dedicated posthumously to Nkosi Johnson for his work and dedication to offer a more dignified existence to South African children and their mothers with hiv and aids. The prize was presented by Nobel Peace Laureate Mikhail Gorbachev to Nkosi’s foster mother Gail Johnson and his little foster brother Thabo during the Nobel for Peace Summit in Rome.


During his short lifetime Nkosi rose awareness for children with hiv and aids. In his famous speech during the 13th International Aids Conference in Durban in 2001, he asked the world to accept and love children and adults with hiv/aids just like any other human being, because as he said: “We can walk, we can talk, we have needs just like everyone else - don't be afraid of us - we are all the same!”. Nkosi wanted to open Nkosi’s Haven together with his foster mother within the year. The thought behind Nkosi’s haven is that mothers with hiv/aids and their children should not be separated from each other. Unfortunately, Nkosi did not live to see Nkosi’s Haven grow. He died from aids in 2001 when he was only 12 years old.

2005 Posthumous Winner Nkosi Johnson

Name               Nkosi Johnson

Nationality       South African
Year of birth    1989
Winner in         2005
Subject            Inclusion of children with hiv/aids in South African society

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