Jackson Stunned By AIDS Horror On Africa Trip

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August 19, 2011 | 7:35am EST

Samuel L. Jackson was horrified on a recent charity trip to Africa after discovering all the adults in one village had died of AIDS.
The Pulp Fiction star set up the Samuel L. Jackson Foundation to distribute funds to worthwhile causes, and he took a trip to see the work staff at Artists for a New South Africa carry out in “villages where people have nothing”.

The organization works to help fight HIV and AIDS in Africa, and Jackson was stunned to find one area had lost its entire adult population to the disease.

He tells London’s Evening Standard magazine, “We found a village where there were no adults. All the parents had died of AIDS. The fathers would go off and work in the mines, solicit prostitutes, come back, sleep with their wives and infect them. They all died.

“Thirteen-year-olds were taking care of the kids; they didn’t have food supplies. So we found food, and some older women who had already raised their own families to come and take care of them. It’s kind of cool to find stuff like that. Stuff you don’t have to tell the world you’re doing – you just go out there and do it.”

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